Employment Law Alert -- March 2012

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In This Issue:

"Another Unpaid Intern Sues; This Time Against Charlie Rose. Are You Next?", "Is Accommodation Required When Employee Can Work 40 Hours?", and "NLRB Notice of Rights to be Posted April 30"

Excerpt from Another Unpaid Intern Sues; This Time Against Charlie Rose. Are You Next?

In what seems like a wave of claims being filed by unpaid interns, a former intern of TV's Charlie Rose show has commenced a class action suit for unpaid wages. The plaintiff alleges that she worked 25 hours per week for the TV show and did not receive training or wages. Notably, this intern worked for Charlie Rose for several months in 2007. However, New York law permits claims to go back six years. This lawsuit comes on the heels of two other such cases - one filed against Hearst Publications involving Harper's Bazaar magazine, and one against Fox Searchlight Pictures, involving the Academy Award winning movie, "The Black Swan." In many industries, particularly entertainment and publishing, the common belief is that unpaid interns are simply the way of the world. However, as evidenced by the Charlie Rose case, where the internship occurred in 2007, plaintiffs' attorneys are now taking advantage of a law that has been on the books for decades. Of course, companies like Fox Searchlight and Hearst may have the budget to withstand these claims. Most companies cannot. Thus, as you consider your plans for the summer season, it is worthwhile for us to review the regulations governing interns.

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