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Second Circuit Court of Appeals Adopts “Primary Beneficiary Test” and Provides Guidance on the Unpaid Intern Question

On July 2, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued significant pro-employer decisions in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures (Nos. 13-4478-cv, 13-4481-cv) (“Fox”) and Wang v. Hearst Corp. (No. 13-4480-cv) (“Hearst”)...more

Department of Labor Guidance Seeks Expanded “Employee” Classification of Workers

On July 15, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (No. 2015-1) providing guidance on the classification of employees as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)....more

CHEERLEADERS HAVE RIGHTS TOO! New Law Addresses the Struggle of the California Cheerleader

Global warming, a decaying infrastructure, budget problems, pollution, endangered species; these are all serious problems. In a world full of serious problems, lesser tragedies frequently go unnoticed. Like the plight of the...more

Department of Labor Says Most Workers Are Employees Under FLSA: Ultimate Test Is Economic Dependence

On July 15, 2015, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1, adopting a very expansive interpretation of the definition of employees under the Fair Labor...more

Employers beware—US Department of Labor issues a shot across the bow to those using independent contractors

Does your business engage independent contractors? If so, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the US Department of Labor (DOL) is putting you on notice that your business may be in the agency’s cross hairs. In a 15-page...more

DOL WAGE & HOUR DIVISION’S “ADMINISTRATOR’S INTERPRETATION” NO INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR COUP DE GRÂCE FOR TRUCKING—JUST NEW...

On July 15, 2015, David Weil, Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (the “Division” Administrator, issued the much anticipated and promised “administrator’s interpretation” (the “Memo”) on the issue of worker...more

New York Bill Follows California’s Lead to Recognize Professional Cheerleaders as Employees

It’s official—professional cheerleaders are now recognized as employees under California law. On July 15, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires all California-based professional sports teams to pay...more

DOL Fires Across the Bow of Businesses Underway With Independent Contractor Manpower

Employee classification issues have been a recurrent topic of ours, and with all the class action litigation arising from independent contractor and other classifications, we have had no shortage of opportunities to remind...more

Misclassification in the Cross-Hairs: DOL Issues new Interpretive Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor has been busy of late. Fresh off of issuing a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing major changes to overtime exemptions (as summarized by HRLegalist), DOL Administrator David Weil has...more

Department of Labor Issues New Guidance on Who is an Independent Contractor

The Department of Labor is focused on eliminating what they believe to be an increasing number of employees who are misclassified by their employers as being independent contractors, and therefore ineligible for benefits,...more

Quest for “Living Wage” Results in Minimum Wage Increases in Kansas City, Missouri

After months of heated debate, Kansas City, Missouri’s City Council voted to incrementally increase the minimum wage in Kansas City, Missouri over time from the current state-mandated $7.65 per hour to $13.00 per hour in...more

The Department of Labor Says There Are Essentially No Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an Administrator’s Interpretation letter on the topic of misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Their conclusion is that “most workers are employees under the...more

You’ve Been Warned – Those Independent Contractors Are Probably Employees

On Wednesday, I did a very short “breaking news” post on the new Interpretation issued by Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil on when workers are “employees” versus “independent contractors” under the Fair Labor Standards...more

U.S. Department of Labor Offers New Insight on the Misclassification of Independent Contractors

As federal, state, and local governments have focused in recent years on what they have termed “wage theft,” the classification of workers as independent contractors has been the subject of agency audits and litigation...more

Second Circuit Rejects DOL Test on Intern Pay

Over the past several years, employment lawyers have cautioned their clients with regard to legal risks involved with unpaid internships. As these internships rose in popularity, many of the arrangements failed to meet...more

District Court Confirms Federal Preemption in Massachusetts “ABC Test” Litigation

Yesterday, Judge Denise Casper of the District of Massachusetts issued an industry friendly ruling in Massachusetts Delivery Association v. Healy, awarding summary judgment to the Massachusetts Delivery Association (“MDA”)...more

Department of Labor Publishes Guidance on Employee Misclassification

In recent years, various initiatives and enforcement efforts on both the state and federal level have arisen in an attempt to combat the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Misclassification occurs when...more

Independent Contractors And Overtime: The DOL Steps Into The Ring With Jarring New Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently taken a firm stance on two of the most controversial issues facing American employers: overtime compensation and misclassification of employees as independent contractors. ...more

Independent Contractor or Employee: DOL’s Latest Guidance on Employee Status

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance on determining whether a worker is an independent contractor in the form of an “Administrator’s Interpretation.” Describing independent contractor...more

DOL Issues New Guidance Regarding the Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors

On July 15, 2015, David Weil, the Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Wage and Hour Division, issued an Administrator’s Interpretation aimed at addressing the misclassification of employees as independent...more

A New Internship Standard The Second Circuits Seven Factor Test and What it Means for Your Company

On July 2, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision regarding the employment status of unpaid interns that should prove helpful to employers. In Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., Nos. 13-4478 and...more

The Unpaid Internship: Who “Really” Benefits from This Arrangement?

Many of us spent summers working as interns, getting access to the industry of our choice, making contacts, learning – and yes running errands and filing and stuffing envelopes and doing other “grunt” work. Most young people...more

Second Circuit Outlines The Way for Employers to Hire Unpaid Interns

On July 2, 2015, in a matter of first impression, the Second Circuit issued a ruling in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., Nos. 13-4478, 13-4481 (2d Cir. July 2, 2015), and provided a new test for whether a worker can...more

Second Circuit weighs in on when unpaid interns become “employees” under the FLSA

In 2011, a pair of unpaid interns who worked for Fox Searchlight Pictures on the 2010 film Black Swan filed suit against Fox claiming they should have been compensated as “employees” under the US Fair Labor Standards Act...more

Somebody Get Me an Intern!—Second Circuit Overturns “Black Swan” FLSA Case

Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a lower court decision that certain unpaid interns had to be paid for their work in the entertainment industry. The district court had held that Fox Searchlight Pictures...more

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