Unpaid Interns

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Unpaid Internships: Tips for Avoiding Legal Liability

Unpaid internships present companies with potential legal exposure, as shown by several recent, well-publicized legal victories for interns, including one against NBC, which ultimately paid out millions of dollars. To help...more

Sirius XM Settles Wage & Hour Class Action With Unpaid Interns

Earlier this month Sirius XM Radio Inc. settled a wage & hour class action with a class of 1,852 unpaid interns that claimed the company violated federal and state labor laws by failing to compensate them for the work they...more

Full Court Press for Interns at Second Circuit?

As this blog previously reported, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit ruled against two separate groups of interns in early July, applying the “primary beneficiary” test—to evaluate whether unpaid interns are trainees...more

Yelp Reviewers Are Not “Employees”

In a world where the lines between employees and volunteers/interns are becoming increasingly blurred, it is nice to see at least one court easily dispense with a wage and hour lawsuit. On August 13, 2015, a federal judge...more

Guidance on Using Unpaid Interns

With school about to start, students looking for internships will not be far behind. If your company has an internship program, you need to be award of the regulations governing the same....more

FLSA: Changes Continue to Affect Employers

This past year has brought major changes to the laws affecting wage and hour issues. The Department of Labor has been particularly active this year putting out its first Administrator’s Interpretation regarding independent...more

Miss Any of the Major Wage & Hour Law News this Summer? We’ve Got You Covered

Developments in wage and hour law made major waves for employers this summer. They include: (1) proposed new overtime regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL); (2) an announced crackdown by the DOL on employers who...more

Unpaid Interns: The New Category of Employees?

The fiery debate over the employment status of and protections afforded to unpaid interns is alive and well! It appears that Congress is continuing the trend of providing additional workplace protections to unpaid interns. ...more

Second Circuit Decisions in Glatt and Wang Likely Preserve Essential Internship Opportunities

On July 2, 2015, in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures and Wang v. The Hearst Corporation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals addressed when unpaid interns are “employees” entitled to compensation under the Fair Labor...more

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

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2015

New Amendments Clarify California Paid Sick Leave - This month, the California Legislature enacted AB 304, an urgency measure that became effective on July 13 and provides much needed clarity on various aspects of...more

Employment Law - July 2015 #2

DOL Proposes Major Overhaul of Overtime Rules: Why it matters - Expanding the scope of employees eligible for overtime, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited new rules revising the white collar...more

Throw the DOL "Intern Fact Sheet" Away: Second Circuit Rejects DOL's Unpaid Intern Six-Factor and Adopts New "Primary Beneficiary"...

The Department of Labor's ("DOL") six-factor test has long been the incontrovertible standard for determining whether employers are required to pay an intern under the Fair Labor Standards Act. That may no longer be the case...more

Client Alert - Interns & Independent Contractors

Second Circuit Reverses Class Certification Ruling in Fox Searchlight Unpaid Intern Case, Directing Trial Court to View Economic Benefit Factors Through New Lens - A federal appellate court in New York handed an apparent...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

Intern or Employee? Second Circuit Outlines Test to Determine Unpaid Interns' Status Under Fair Labor Standards Act and New York...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit July 2 handed down a significant decision in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. in connection with a pair of lawsuits challenging the legality of unpaid internships under...more

Employment Flash - July 2015

The July 2015 edition of Employment Flash covers a number of developments, including: the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that job applicants need only show that a religious accommodation was a factor in denying employment to...more

Alert: Hiring Unpaid Interns: Federal Court Changes (Some of) the Rules

On July 2, 2015, a federal appeals court upended the test companies and courts have relied upon for nearly seventy years to determine whether or not an intern must be paid. Instead, in Glatt v. Fox the Second Circuit Court of...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2015

Employee's Inability To Work For A Particular Supervisor Does Not Constitute A "Disability" - Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found., 237 Cal. App. 4th 78 (2015) - Michaelin Higgins-Williams worked as a clinical...more

Second Circuit Adopts a New Test to Determine Whether Unpaid Interns Should be Classified as Employees

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) issued a new test for determining whether interns must be classified and paid like “employees,” as that term is defined in the Fair Labor...more

Second Circuit Announces New Test For Intern Claims and Puts the Brakes on Class and Collective Claims by Interns

On July 2, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued two eagerly awaited decisions that may dampen the recent wave of collective and class actions filed by unpaid interns claiming they should be paid...more

Unpaid Interns: The Second Circuit Pours Cold Water on a Hot Topic

Can businesses use unpaid interns? Over the past few years, this is a frequent question from corporate clients and a mainstay subject in the legal blogosphere (including right here). The heightened interest stemmed from a...more

Unpaid Internships Revived?: Second Circuit Gives the Green Light to Unpaid Internships So Long as the Intern “Benefits”

On July 2, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its highly anticipated decision concerning unpaid internships, Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., No. 134478-cv (2d Cir. July 2, 2015)....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 Rulings Provide Hope For Companies’ Use of Unpaid Interns

In Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., a federal district court in New York decided that Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. had violated federal and New York minimum wage laws by not paying interns who had worked on its film...more

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