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New Laws Affecting California Employers

The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide arbitration data on their websites, in a...more

Internships out of Fashion? Wage Lawsuits on the Rise in New York

Internships and training programs have been a staple of the fashion industry (among many other industries) for years. Luxury retailers have traditionally offered internships in the areas of communications, marketing,...more

Student and Alumni Litigation

In This Issue: - Unionization of Students ..The New Meaning of “Student Union” ..Overview of Labor Laws and Organized Labor ..Unionization of Graduate Students ..The Northwestern University Case ...more

California Legislative Update: September 2014

In September 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a number of bills that will impact the employer community. Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014—Paid Sick Leave (AB 1522) - On...more

Unpaid Interns Suing for Back Wages Part of Growing Trend

The question of whether employers should pay interns remains a difficult one. While in some fields it is traditional to hire college students and recent graduates as unpaid interns, this can become a costly mistake if a...more

Governor Amends NYS Human Rights Law to Protect Unpaid Interns From Discriminatory Practices

On July 22, 2014, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill amending the New York Human Rights Law to grant unpaid interns protections from "discriminatory practices." The amendment is effective immediately and it...more

New York Amends Human Rights Law to Protect Unpaid Interns

On July 22, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed a bill that amends the New York Human Rights Law by adding a new Section 296-c entitled, “Unlawful discriminatory practices relating to interns.” The amendment prohibits employers from...more

Interns and employment issues

1. Are interns employees? This is an important question with a big impact on the individual concerned and what remuneration and rights they are entitled to. And the answer is…it depends. The main determining factor is...more

USDOL Brief Elaborates Upon "Intern" Views

We wrote some time ago about a lower federal court's determination in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures that at least two unpaid interns were "employees" for federal Fair Labor Standards Act purposes. ...more

Interns Win One, Lose One, In Having Misclassification Cases Conditionally Certified In New York

There has been a great deal of coverage involving litigation by interns against various media and entertainment companies in New York. We won’t recount the many articles, blogs, and discussions about this issue. If you need a...more

New York City’s Human Rights Law Extends Protection to Unpaid Interns; Is New York State Far Behind?

Effective June 14, 2014, the New York City Human Rights Law will extend its nondiscrimination protections to unpaid interns. An intern is defined as “an individual who performs work for an employer on a temporary basis whose...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Unpaid Interns and Employee Rights"

Shifting Regulations Expand Rights for Unpaid Workers - Unpaid internships have historically been a rite of passage for college students and young professionals. In the past, unpaid interns had little legal protection...more

Unpaid Summer Interns; Folks, Nothing Has Changed

The annual rites of summer are underway. Treetops are alive with the songs of brightly-plumed birds, bees hum happily as they move from flower to flower, and warm breezes tease the tall grasses and bring occasional afternoon...more

Thinking about Hiring Interns? New Case Reminds Employers of Rules on Interns

Following similar decisions involving Hearst Corporation and Viacom, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York recently granted conditional certification of a potential nation-wide class of approximately 3,000...more

10 Tips for Hiring Summer Interns and Staying FLSA Compliant

Unpaid internships traditionally allow inexperienced students to gain hands-on knowledge in their field. In turn, employers use internship programs to find and test-drive new talent, increase productivity, support students...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - May 2014

Disability Accommodation Through Telecommuting More Reasonable In Modern Workplace - In EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, the federal Sixth Circuit appellate court (covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) recently...more

As Summer Hiring Season Approaches, Employers Should Be Aware of Wage Payment Rules for Interns

Continued sluggishness in some sectors of our economy has left many students and recent college graduates without jobs and willing to consider working as unpaid “interns” in order to gain experience and connections in...more

New York City Amends Its Human Rights Law to Extend Protection to Interns

On April 15, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) extending the protections from discrimination and harassment contained in the NYCHRL to both...more

Unpaid, but Not Unprotected: New York City Extends Human Rights Law to Protect Interns

As reported by us in recent blog articles (Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Differences in Duties Means No Commonality, No Class Certification for Unpaid Interns and The High Cost of Hiring Unpaid Interns), employment issues...more

Beware The Unpaid Intern – He/She May Be Eligible For Pay

The issue of unpaid internships is becoming a growing concern for both employers and Ministry of Labour Inspectors. Recently, the publisher of magazines Toronto Life and The Walrus announced that they were pulling the plug on...more

Should The White House Be Paying Its Interns?

The unpaid-interns ruckus continues to unfold, this time in a way that entangles President Obama. As we many have observed, an unpaid White House intern might conclude that he or she is “engaged in the operations of...more

Internship Programs: Rite of Passage, or Right to Pay? The Issue Deserves Continued Monitoring by Employers

With the start of the New Year, many employers are gearing up for their internship programs, which often coincide with academic semesters and summer recesses beginning in May. Such programs, though, have become a source of...more

Everyone Calm Down a Little: Most Companies Already Pay Their Interns

Last month Condé Nast decided to end its storied internship program. The termination came on the heels of a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by two former interns alleging that Condé Nast failed to pay them at least the...more

Intern Class Actions on the Rise

The rise in unpaid internships has led to an equally significant uptick in litigation brought by interns demanding compensation for performing the same work as paid employees. And the interns are winning....more

Court Rules That Employer's Unpaid Interns Are Actually Employees Covered By Wage And Hour Laws; Certifies Class Action Filed On...

A federal District Court in New York recently ruled that production interns who worked on the set of the movie “Black Swan” are actually employees for minimum wage and overtime purposes, and certified a wage and hour class...more

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