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Three Tips on Avoiding Summer Internship Headaches

Spring is here and retailers across the country are considering hiring summer interns in areas such as finance, communications, marketing, merchandising, production, and public relations. Internships serve a valuable...more

10 Tips for Avoiding Unpaid Intern Lawsuits

A television network recently agreed to pay $7.2 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed by former interns claiming violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state statutes. This represents one of the...more

SDNY Judge Refuses to Approve Overbroad Use of Social Media to Notify Members of Opt-in Class of Action

As we reported in December, Judge Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that putative class representatives in an FLSA collective action could notify former Gawker interns of their...more

Employment Law - March 2015 #2

California Legislation to Consider: Protections for Unpaid Interns and Volunteers - Why it matters: In this issue of the newsletter, the focus of our review of new California laws shifts from leaves of absence...more

The Internship 2: Now Paid? Viacom Pays Record Settlement on Intern Lawsuit

Viacom recently announced a settlement of $7.2 million dollars to end litigation by numerous unpaid interns for the Company’s television networks. In 2013, two former interns sued Viacom claiming that it violated the Fair...more

2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: First Round Results and Recaps

This past weekend, while college basketball teams across America finished up their conference tournaments, 64 employment law issues played in the first round of our tournament, and boy did it live up to the hype. Filled with...more

Employment Status of Cosmetology Students Is Not So Cut and Dry

The issue of whether "interns" are employees entitled to wages has been at the forefront of employment litigation over the past couple of years. Similar to interns, cosmetology students are now filing suits against their...more

Second Circuit Critical of DOL Test in Pending Unpaid Intern Cases

Glatt et al. v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., No. 13-4478 (2d Cir.) and Wang et al. v. The Hearst Corp., No. 13-4480, (2d Cir.): On January 30, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held oral arguments in two closely...more

Class Action Lawsuits: In Vogue? High Fashion Gets Hit with Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuits over Unpaid Internship Programs

Sportswear-inspired designs, bold prints, and gingham aren’t the only things trending for Spring 2015 in the fashion world. Judging from a recent wave of lawsuits, wage and hour class actions are trending as well. Over the...more

As Intern Season Approaches, Remember That Unpaid Internships Can Be Risky

Right now, many organizations are getting ready for a new class of interns to arrive in May when schools and colleges finish for the summer. With fully laudable intentions, many organizations offer summer internships as a...more

Legal Protections and Remedies for New Jersey Interns Are on the Horizon

On January 15, 2015, the New Jersey Intern Protection Act was approved by the Assembly Labor Committee and has been sent to the full Assembly for a vote. If adopted, this bill (S539, A3529) would provide interns with the same...more

New Public Employment Laws for 2015

Year in and year out, one thing is true: In California, there will always be new laws affecting employers, and 2015 is no exception. Below is a brief description of the laws that public sector employers need to be aware of...more

Unpaid Interns May Expose Companies to Liabilities

For those without experience in a particular field, an unpaid internship often provides a vehicle for obtaining insight and training, oftentimes in a popular industry with mass appeal such as a movie studio, media company, or...more

Illinois Employers Will Need To Comply With Several New Laws That Take Effect In 2015

The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicant Act: Commonly referred to as the "ban-the-box” law, employers with 15 or more employees cannot consider or inquire into an applicant’s criminal record or history until: (a) the...more

Employment Law Reporter – January 2015

New Laws for 2015 - With hundreds of laws being proposed in the California Legislature each year, it is hardly a surprise that more than a few are signed into law. For employers, staying abreast of these new laws is a...more

Changes in California Employment Law for 2015

As Californians get back to business in the new year, we wanted to highlight the following changes to California employment laws for 2015: - Mandatory Paid Sick Leave - Protections Against Discrimination and...more

Interns’ Class Action Carries Multimillion Dollar Price Tag

Late last spring I posted on this blog about the pitfalls for employers of unpaid internships, often offered to young people during the summer months, or to students or recent college graduates as “pre-entry-level” positions....more

2014/2015 Labor and Employment Observer

In This Issue: - Message from the Chair - On the Horizon: Is Obama Remaking the Workplace While Leaving Congress Behind? - The 2014 Supreme Court Decisions Every Employer Should Know - What to Expect from the...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #47

We are pleased to present the 47th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight a case that addresses claims against Facebook based on the U.S. Wiretap Act, a case...more

5 Most Popular eMediaLaw Posts of 2014

This was one of the more interesting stories of the year – does the photographer who set up everything to allow for a monkey to take a selfie own the copyright to that selfie?  This year we learned that no, the photographer...more

SDNY Judge Permits Use of Social Media to Notify Potential Opt-In Plaintiffs of Conditionally Certified Collective Action by...

In an unpublished ruling last month, Federal Judge Alison Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the request of counsel for a putative class of unpaid interns to use social media to...more

Ringing in the New Year: A Summary of New Employment Laws for 2015

With the use of more than a few pens, the Governor of California has enacted more than 50 new laws related to employment, some of which affect all employers, and others that affect only specific industries. Unfortunately for...more

Yes, Employers Can Still Have Unpaid Interns (Under the Right Circumstances)

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. I hope that our more recent...more

New Illinois Employment Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

Along with decorations, holiday feasts, and other merriment, employers in Illinois get to celebrate the close of another year by updating their policies and practices to comply with several recently enacted laws that will...more

New California Employment Laws for 2015 and Beyond

It is that time of year again, California. As the days grow shorter and the nights grow semi-colder (it is still California after all), a flurry of activity begins as employers revisit their policies and handbooks to assess...more

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