The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Blocking Benefits, Making Millions

Jun 28, 2010

A St. Louis company, Talx, owned by Equifax, makes millions every year by helping companies block, delay, and evade workers’ unemployment claims.

Talx sells its services to firms like Home Depot, AT&T, McDonald’s, Cargill, Tyson, Wal-Mart and the U.S. Postal Service. Talx brags that it can save employers money by contesting claims.

Talx tactics are familiar to anyone who has ever tried to get a medical insurance company to pay a claim. They delay, don’t answer phones, file false affidavits, tie workers up in long appeals processes, and even allege that applicants have died!

Talx claims to handle 30% of U.S. companies’ unemployment cases. Where there’s profit to be made, there’s always another slimy capitalist ready to cash in.