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New York Votes to Protect Unpaid Interns from Discrimination

On March 26, 2014, the New York City Counsel voted unanimously to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) to allow unpaid interns to sue for harassment and discrimination. The bill was likely drafted in...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

Anti-Discrimination Laws Going “Intern”-ational? New York City Extends Its Human Rights Law to Unpaid Interns

As we reported last October, a federal court in New York found that an unpaid intern could not bring a hostile work environment sexual harassment claim pursuant to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”). (Wang v....more

Act Now Advisory: Unpaid Interns Now Afforded Same Discrimination Protections as Employees Under the New York City Human Rights...

On March 26, 2014, the New York City Council passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL"), giving unpaid interns the same anti-discrimination protections under the law as is available to employees. The...more

Do We Have to Pay Summer Interns?

With summer approaching, many employers are receiving requests from college and high school students to work as summer interns. Many of these applicants are willing to work for free to gain valuable experience and frequently...more

Unpaid Internships in Ontario – Are They a Thing of the Past?

On March 28, 2014, two popular Canadian-based magazines, The Walrus and Toronto Life, brought their unpaid internship programs abruptly to an end after Ontario’s Ministry of Labour concluded that such programs were being run...more

Legislation Unanimously Passed by City Council Seeks to Protect NYC Interns From Discrimination

On March 26, 2014, the New York City Council unanimously passed a bill to expand the New York City Human Rights law to prohibit employment discrimination against interns. The legislation will likely be enacted into law, as it...more

New York City Council Votes to Extend New York City Human Rights Law’s Protections Against Discrimination to Interns

On Wednesday, the New York City Council voted 50-0 to extend the New York City Human Rights Law’s protections to interns. Last October, we reported on a Federal court decision dismissing an unpaid intern’s hostile work...more

Polsinelli Podcast - To Pay or Not to Pay? The Rules for Summer Interns in 2014 [Video]

As summer approaches, many businesses are receiving applications and requests from students for internships. In fact, many businesses have internship programs that not only offer students opportunities to increase their...more

Campus "Unpaid Intern" Opposition Growing

We have already reported that a group calling itself the "Fair Pay Campaign" aims to pressure colleges and universities not to facilitate unpaid internships or even post notices about them. This initiative appears to be...more

Don't Get The Summertime Blues: Properly Classifying Interns

As summer approaches, many businesses are receiving applications and requests from students for internships. In fact, many businesses have internship programs that not only offer students opportunities to increase their...more

Unpaid Interns: Pay Them Now or Pay Them Later

In an old commercial, a mechanic hands a large bill to a customer for repairs to an engine damaged because the customer had not replaced a $4 oil filter. As the commercial ends, the mechanic looks directly at the camera and...more

Top 5 Legal Trends For Hospitality Employers

There is much to be learned from 2013. Below are five legal topics that made headlines last year, and should provide valuable guidance for managing labor and employment law issues in 2014....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

Unpaid And Underpaid Internships May Cost Employers

Over the past year, unpaid internships have garnered increasing attention. Ross Perlin, the author of “Intern Nation,” estimated in 2011 that more than a million people participate in internships each year in the United...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

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm...more

Bill Introduced To Extend New Jersey Employment Discrimination Protections To Unpaid Interns

On December 5, 2013, the Senate introduced a bill (S3064) seeking to extend legal protections and remedies to unpaid interns by amending three state statutes: the Law Against Discrimination, the Conscientious Employee...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

Labor And Employment Observer - 2013/2014

In This Issue: Message from the Chair; Social Media and the Workplace: 2013 and Beyond; Unpaid Internships: Training Ground or Legal Landmine?; Supreme Court’s Nassar Decision Sets Higher Causation Standard for a...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

The Fate Of Hollywood Internship Programs May Rest With The Second Circuit

Former interns used to get revenge against their employers by writing tell-all blog posts and memoirs. Now, they’re lending their names to plaintiffs’ lawyers, who then file wage-and-hour class or collective actions alleging...more

The Beginnings of a New Trend? New Jersey Proposes to Protect Unpaid Interns From Employment Discrimination

On December 5, 2013, the New Jersey State Senate introduced S-3064 to protect unpaid interns from employment discrimination by amending the Law Against Discrimination ("LAD"), the Conscientious Employee Protection Act...more

Are Unpaid Interns Really Employees?

The Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., decision continues to add fuel to the fire as the trend of class-action lawsuits by unpaid interns against their employers grows. In Glatt, the interns performed...more

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