In Brief: Supreme Court backs temps for stock plan

• Up to 10,000 temporary workers should have been allowed to participate in a Microsoft stock purchase plan, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided. The court let stand a May 1999 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which expanded the class of workers who should have been eligible to purchase Microsoft stock through the company’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). The ruling stems from a 1992 class-action suit on behalf of workers hired through temporary employment agencies.

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