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Commission sends Statement of Objections to BSkyB and film studios

On 23 July 2015, the European Commission (the "Commission") sent a Statement of Objections to BSkyB and six major studios: Disney, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros (the "Film...more

Updates to Nevada’s Gaming Laws – 2015 Legislative Session (Cont.#2)

Procedural and Administrative Changes and Clarifications - AB40 - A key administrative change effected by AB40 is to change the name of the “State Gaming Control Board” to the “Nevada Gaming Control Board.”...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

Events Planning Company Fined over $600,000 for Serious I-9 Paperwork Violations

On July 8, 2015, an administrative law judge (ALJ) ordered Hartmann Studios to pay a fine of over $600,000 for more than 800 I-9 paperwork violations, the largest fine awarded by an ALJ for paperwork violations to date. In...more

Governor Signs Urgent Measure Clarifying CA Paid Sick Leave Law: Four Action Steps for Employers Now

California employers have stepped up to comply with the July 1, 2015 deadline for the new California paid sick leave law. Now changes have arrived that may help clarify the law. On July 13, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown...more

Emergency Legislation to Amend California’s Paid Sick Leave Requirements Signed by Governor, Effective Immediately

Last year, the California Legislature enacted A.B. 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (“Act”), which amended California Labor Code Section 245.5 to provide paid sick days to most California employees,...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

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

Unpaid Internships Given New Life by the Second Circuit

This Blog is Not about Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, But… “The Internship” fails the first test of merit for a comedy: “Is it funny?” I find that opening line in a review from The New Yorker hilarious. (Funnier than the...more

June 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

The month of June 2015 created more newspaper stories and blog posts on the subject of independent contractor misclassification than any other. Why? Uber lost an IC misclassification case and FedEx Ground agreed to pay $228...more

Second Circuit Teaches Unpaid Interns a Lesson

In a closely watched case affecting the viability of unpaid internship programs at for-profit employers, the Second Circuit held that the “primary beneficiary” test should be used to decide whether interns should be deemed...more

Unpaid Intern v. Employee Classification Analysis Must Look at Who is Primary Beneficiary of Relationship, Second Circuit Holds

The Second Circuit struck a blow today to individuals pursuing collective/class actions alleging that unpaid interns should be classified as employees. The Court announced an employer-friendly test that asks who benefits...more

“Black Swan” Internship Case Creates New Obstacles For Employers In California

In California, internships have always been viewed as a trade-off between prestigious employers and young students looking to get a foot in the proverbial door. College students and graduates looking for highly-coveted...more

In re Tam – Federal Circuit Orders En Banc Review of Trademark Act’s Ban Against Registration of Disparaging Marks

The Slants is a Portland-based band composed of musicians of Asian-American descent who characterize their genre as “Chinatown Dance Rock.” The band’s bassist, Simon Tam, filed a trademark application for THE SLANTS for...more

Nevada Senate Bill 266 Amends the Tax Imposed on Live Entertainment Pursuant to NRS Chapter 368A

Recently enrolled Nevada Senate Bill 266 makes sweeping changes to the tax on live entertainment in Nevada pursuant to NRS 368A. Under the newly enacted provisions, an excise tax is imposed on admission charges to facilities...more

Ontario “Grandfathers” Tax Credit Rate Changes

When Ontario announced its 2015 budget, one particular proposed change was met with… well, let’s call it “concern” from the Ontario film and television production community: the reduction of the OPSTC and OCASE tax credits...more

Trivial Thoughts on Substantial Parts

What constitutes a “substantial part” of a copyrighted work is an endlessly diverting question – both because copyright law tends not to draw “bright lines” (meaning that lawyers are forever doomed to conducting...more

Garcia v. Google: Ninth Circuit En Banc Denies Actor’s Copyright Claim In Her Performance

This blog previously discussed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion in Garcia v. Google, Inc., (9th Cir. 2014) 766 F.3d 929, reversing a decision of the district court. On Monday, the Ninth Circuit, en banc, in Garcia...more

I Didn’t Say That – The Ability of Actors to Control Their Performances Under Canadian Copyright Law

When the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its 2014 opinion in Garcia v Google, its tentative conclusion that actors might enjoy copyright protection in their on-screen performances was met with vociferous...more

Employee Misclassification in the Entertainment Industry

Employee misclassification is one of the leading labor abuses in the country. In fact, in recent years, both the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor have launched a misclassification initiative to combat...more

Manatt Digital Media - May 2015

In the last two months, Virtual Reality (VR) has become the featured event in the media and in industry events, creating great buzz and excitement around the possibilities for transforming user experiences across all domains....more

Ohio Supreme Court Limits Ability to Assess “Jock Tax” Against Non-Resident Athletes

The Ohio Supreme Court dealt a pair of blows to Cleveland’s so-called “jock tax” in separate decisions issued on April 30th. Although neither decision called into question a locality’s power to tax non-resident athletes and...more

Abu Dhabi is 30 Per Cent More Attractive - Film Commission offers unique rebate to international production companies

The UAE is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to encourage business growth across the Emirates. Film and TV production is one of the diverse range of areas in which the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has actively looked to...more

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