The story looks at the booming staff-leasing industry that is "outsourcing liability for American companies - and leaving workers in the lurch." Leased employees can be hired and fired at will, and often get unfair benefits and pensions, the report finds. Legal ambiguities, including uncertainty about who the actual employer is, permit companies to additionally erode the rights of the employees. The statistics quoted in the story show that today more than 1,700 firms lease 2 million to 3 million workers.
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