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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

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

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

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

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

More Rulings Coming on Legality of Intern Programs

In recent years, a wave of lawsuits brought by unpaid interns seeking compensation for their work has spurred businesses to take a hard look at their internship programs to ensure they are compliant with federal and state...more

Unpaid Internships Under Scrutiny

The controversy surrounding unpaid internships is increasingly in the news. Reports of interns filing wage and hour class actions in, for example, The New York Times and PBS's NewsHour, have highlighted an often-unnoticed...more

Unpaid Internships – Worth the Risk?

Over the past few years, the number of college undergraduates and recent graduates engaging in unpaid internships has grown dramatically. One expert estimates that there are between 1 and 2 million internships each year, and...more

New York City Council Expands Protection Against Pregnancy Discrimination

On September 24, 2013, the New York City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that expands prohibited discrimination in employment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related...more

Unpaid Internships: Avoid a FLSA Faux Pas

With the excitement of New York Fashion Week coming to a close, there is one recent trend that the fashion industry should pay particular attention to—unpaid internship lawsuits. The fashion industry is now among a recent...more

8 Tips To Help Health Care Providers Minimize Possible Wage Liability For Student Interns

As good corporate citizens, medical facilities help educate the next generation of health care workers by permitting students hands-on training through clinicals or rotations. Nevertheless, some students claim this training...more

Group Advocates Pay For White House Interns

The unpaid-interns ruckus continues to unfold, this time in a way that entangles President Obama. As we observed in March 2012, an unpaid White House intern might conclude that he or she is "engaged in the operations...more

The Continuing Saga Of Unpaid Workers & Misclassification Issues

Worker misclassification continues to be an issue at the forefront of today's workplace....more

Labor Letter, August 2013: "Black Swan" Ruling Forces Closer Look At Unpaid Interns

Unpaid summer internships are routine for some businesses, especially those in creative fields such advertising, design, music, publishing and film – all areas that have flourished locally in recent years....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

Employment Law -- Jul 03, 2013

Excerpt from Supreme Court Sides With Employers in Title VII Suits - Capping off a term of big decisions with employer-friendly results, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on two major employment issues in a pair of...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

Southern District Continues Trend To Find Internship Programs Run Afoul Of Wage And Hour Laws

Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., No. 11-CV-6784 (S.D.N.Y. June 11, 2013): In a further reminder about the risks of using unpaid interns, District Judge William Pauley III ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc....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

The High Cost of Hiring Unpaid Interns

Given the difficulty of finding a job in today’s economy, unpaid internships are becoming increasingly popular, particularly for students looking to gain resume-boosting experience....more

Employers Beware: Unpaid Internships May Result in Labor Law Violations

In the throes of summer internship season, the Honorable William H. Pauley, III, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, issued a recent opinion that will leave many employers revisiting...more

Oregon Passes Workplace Protection Law for Unpaid Interns

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber on June 13, 2013 signed into law a bill extending employment discrimination protection to interns. The new law grants unpaid interns legal recourse under Oregon's employment discrimination laws...more

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