Unpaid Interns Class Action

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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

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

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

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

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

The Unpaid Internship: Who “Really” Benefits from This Arrangement?

Many of us spent summers working as interns, getting access to the industry of our choice, making contacts, learning – and yes running errands and filing and stuffing envelopes and doing other “grunt” work. Most young people...more

Second Circuit weighs in on when unpaid interns become “employees” under the FLSA

In 2011, a pair of unpaid interns who worked for Fox Searchlight Pictures on the 2010 film Black Swan filed suit against Fox claiming they should have been compensated as “employees” under the US Fair Labor Standards Act...more

Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. - USCA, Second Circuit, July 2, 2015

Second Circuit vacates district court's ruling that unpaid interns who worked on film Black Swan and at Fox's corporate offices should have been classified as employees and thus entitled to minimum-wage and overtime pay,...more

Second Circuit Adopts The “Highly Individualized” Primary Beneficiary Test In Unpaid Intern Lawsuits

On July 2nd, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decisions in Glatt et al. v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. et al. and Wang et al. v. The Hearst Corp., the two unpaid intern lawsuits heard...more

Second Circuit Deals a Blow to Unpaid Intern Classes

In a pair of closely watched decisions, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a federal trial court decision that granted class and conditional collective action certification to claims brought by a former unpaid...more

Second Circuit Establishes New Test for Unpaid Intern Claims

The Second Circuit’s ruling provides employers with greater leeway for unpaid internship programs and a stronger defense for class-action lawsuits brought by unpaid interns. In a long-awaited decision, the US Court of...more

NY Court Issues Landmark Ruling on the Employment Status of Unpaid Interns

On July 2, 2015, in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. and a related order, Wang v. The Hearst Corp., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a new test for determining whether interns must be treated and...more

Second Circuit Teaches Unpaid Interns a Lesson

In a closely watched case affecting the viability of unpaid internship programs at for-profit employers, the Second Circuit held that the “primary beneficiary” test should be used to decide whether interns should be deemed...more

Unpaid Intern v. Employee Classification Analysis Must Look at Who is Primary Beneficiary of Relationship, Second Circuit Holds

The Second Circuit struck a blow today to individuals pursuing collective/class actions alleging that unpaid interns should be classified as employees. The Court announced an employer-friendly test that asks who benefits...more

“Black Swan” Internship Case Creates New Obstacles For Employers In California

In California, internships have always been viewed as a trade-off between prestigious employers and young students looking to get a foot in the proverbial door. College students and graduates looking for highly-coveted...more

#OptIn #OptOut — Update

Back in March we wrote about the group of former unpaid interns from Gawker Media’s Manhattan office suing to recover back pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and their desire to use social media to...more

New York Federal Court “Likes” the Use of Social Media to Notify Class Members in Wage and Hour Action

In what appears to be a sign of things to come, a federal court in New York recently approved the use of social media to notify potential class members who were more likely to be reached that way rather than by more...more

Retail and Fashion Law Trends: What’s ‘‘In’’ for 2015

The retail industry saw a number of significant developments in 2014, many of which were a long time in the making. As courts begin to consider new claims and legislation that arose last year, the industry needs to be aware...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

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

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