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When "Free" Is Too Good To Be True: Rethinking Interns And Volunteers Under Wage & Hour Laws

Educational institutions of all kinds often utilize the services of volunteers or so-called interns to assist with coaching sports or other extracurricular activities, and to participate in programs that are mutually...more

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

Interns Win One, Lose One, In Having Misclassification Cases Conditionally Certified In New York

There has been a great deal of coverage involving litigation by interns against various media and entertainment companies in New York. We won’t recount the many articles, blogs, and discussions about this issue. If you need a...more

How to Keep Your Unpaid Internship Program Legal

The summer internship season is starting up, so it is a perfect time to evaluate your organization’s unpaid internship program. Unpaid interns can gain valuable, real world experience (tremendously helpful in this sluggish...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

Unpaid Interns May Be Entitled to Wages and EEO Protections

Every summer, eager students beat down company doors, offering to do whatever is needed—for free—so they can include experience and a reference on their resume. But, a recent slew of lawsuits by unpaid interns has caused...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

Labor, Employment And Employee Benefits Executive Briefing - April 2014

In This Issue: - Employers Should Review Internship Programs for Legal Compliance ..The Department of Labor’s Six-Factor Test ..Unpaid Internships in the News ..Practical Guidance - Developments in...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

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

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

Employment Flash - November 2013

In This Issue: - OFCCP Releases VEVRAA and Rehabilitation Act Section 503 Final Rules - US Supreme Court to Decide Whether Severance Payments Are Subject to FICA - SDNY Rules That NYC Human Rights Law Does Not...more

Drawing Lines More Nice Than Obvious: Unpaid Internships and Twerking

If you’ve skimmed internet news in the last 4 months, you’re aware of two scary trends: (1) twerking and (2) interns filing class actions for unpaid compensation against publishers, entertainment companies, fashion houses,...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 11 – Fall 2013

In This Issue: - Who are you wearing? Protecting the power of your name - Cosmetics – preserving their reputation: Concerns over chemical preservatives - Australian dollar heads south: Will parallel...more

Be Careful With Unpaid Interns: The Six-Factor Checklist You Need

With the abundance of college graduates scrambling for too few paid jobs, many employers are nabbing them for unpaid internships—hoping to keep this talent until paid positions become available. ...more

Free Interns-The End Of An Era?

As an employer, at one time or another, you have probably helped eager students gain real work experience as interns at your company. ...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

Unpaid Internships: What Are the Rules for Employers?

The tradition of hiring unpaid summer interns has a long, established history for many employers. The role of internships has expanded from an informal, summertime experience to workers looking to make a career change or get...more

A Tale of Two Interns: The Challenges of Unpaid Internships

As the number of unpaid interns at healthcare facilities continues to grow, two recent decisions issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York involving claims brought by putative classes of unpaid...more

The Test for Unpaid Interns

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recently ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated federal and New York minimum-wage laws by not paying interns who worked on production of the 2010...more

Hidden costs of interns

Summertime at the workplace is usually marked by the arrival of eager students willing to work for free in exchange for valuable hands-on work experience and maybe future job references. The offer is enticing, but employers...more

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