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Department of Labor Brief Provides More Guidance on Interns

In the past, we’ve explained the DOL’s test for whether employers must pay their interns. Put simply, public employers and qualifying not-for-profit entities do not have to pay their interns. On the other hand, private...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

eTrends – Summer Interns may be Entitled to Wage and Hour Protection

Employers who use summer interns should be aware that interns may be entitled to certain protections under the labor laws. Generally, interns are considered to be employees entitled to minimum wage and overtime protections....more

Hiring an Unpaid Intern for the Summer? Five Legal Guidelines to Avoid a FLSA Violation

With summer vacation around the corner, many companies are looking to hire unpaid interns. If your company is considering an unpaid internship, be sure to carefully structure the internship to avoid running afoul of the Fair...more

The Boys of Summer: Interns, Seasonal Workers and More

Memorial Day weekend has passed, the Major League Baseball season is in full swing, and summer is upon us. With apologies to Roger Kahn, for us wage and hour practitioners, the “Boys of Summer”...more

Unpaid Summer Internships Are A Bad Deal – For Employers

With summer fast approaching, it seems a good time to brush up on the topic of summer internships. Plenty of high school and college students – even recent college graduates – would be grateful for the opportunity to learn...more

School is Almost Out and Summer Interns are (Still) In

With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, many people are looking forward to hitting the beach, firing up the grill and polishing off their golf clubs, which are, for many Northeasterners, covered in cobwebs after this long...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

Hospitalitas Newsletter - Spring 2014

In This Issue: - Your Grandmother Doesn’t Work for Free: Volunteer and Intern Positions Under Closer Scrutiny - Excessive Celebration – Penalty Declined - Four Crisis Management Lessons from the...more

School-Facilitated Internships: No Worries, Right?

We have long warned that one should not simply assume that an internship associated with or sponsored by an educational institution falls outside of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's requirements. Our caution includes...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

Intern Lawsuits (Continued): Another Big Settlement

As was anticipated in light of the intensified focus upon internships over three years ago, the next stage was a spate of high-profile lawsuits by unpaid or allegedly-underpaid interns under the federal Fair Labor Standards...more

Paying Elves And Interns!

Actually, internships may be a good option for Santa’s non-profit operation – so long as he does not pay a stipend or offer any benefits and clarifies whether interns are unpaid volunteers or paid employees. Paying a...more

Unpaid Internships Under Scrutiny

The controversy surrounding unpaid internships is increasingly in the news. Reports of interns filing wage and hour class actions in, for example, The New York Times and PBS's NewsHour, have highlighted an often-unnoticed...more

Unpaid Internships – Worth the Risk?

Over the past few years, the number of college undergraduates and recent graduates engaging in unpaid internships has grown dramatically. One expert estimates that there are between 1 and 2 million internships each year, and...more

Group Advocates Pay For White House Interns

The unpaid-interns ruckus continues to unfold, this time in a way that entangles President Obama. As we observed in March 2012, an unpaid White House intern might conclude that he or she is "engaged in the operations...more

Are Your Internship Practices Putting You At Risk?

A surge of lawsuits focusing on the common practice of employing unpaid interns could be coming after a judge found that two Fox Searchlight production interns were not compensated legally....more

The Internship: Do Vince and Owen have a Claim under the FLSA?

In a twist of irony, it seems that 21st Century Fox is having a string of bad luck with respect to its “internship” programs. The company reportedly spent $60 million producing “The Internship,” starring Vince Vaughan and...more

Oregon Passes Workplace Protection Law for Unpaid Interns

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber on June 13, 2013 signed into law a bill extending employment discrimination protection to interns. The new law grants unpaid interns legal recourse under Oregon's employment discrimination laws...more

Black Swan interns are employees, not trainees

Summer brings an annual invasion, in thousands of businesses and in nearly every line of work, of a horde of talented, eager new interns. They’re eager to pad resumes and make contacts. Their new bosses are glad to impart...more

Unpaid Internships May Cost Your Business Dearly In The Long Run

Summer has finally arrived. While many of us will soon become consumed with pool parties, backyard barbeques, and well-deserved vacations, a new crop of summer interns is just beginning their first endeavor in the working...more

Legal Alert: Hire Unpaid Interns at Your Peril

While Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have recently brought some attention to the internship position by comically portraying the life of Google interns in the movie The Internship, the U.S. District Court for the Southern...more

The Current Landscape in FLSA Unpaid Intern Litigation - Law Firms Ready to Pounce

Every summer, unpaid interns arrive at various businesses throughout the country to learn a little bit about the real world before going back to school or diving into the job market. But this summer, it is one federal court...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2013: Alert: “Unpaid Interns” Held to be Employees Who Should Have Been Paid

As this FEB went to publication, a federal district court in New York issued an important — and very instructive — decision on the compensation of unpaid interns at for-profit companies. In Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures,...more

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