Unpaid Interns Fair Labor Standards Act

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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

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

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

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

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In an unpublished ruling last month, Federal Judge Alison Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the request of counsel for a putative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

Employment Law - November 2014 #2

EEOC’s Wellness Challenge Feeling Under the Weather - Why it matters: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) efforts to challenge employer wellness programs hit a snag when a federal court judge in...more

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

Student and Alumni Litigation  [Video]

Pepper-Freeh Group Higher Education Webinar Series Join attorneys from the Education Counseling, Litigation and Investigation Services of Pepper Hamilton LLP and Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC for a review of...more

Court "Certifies" Gawker Media Interns' Collective Action

After more than a year of litigation (the filing of which we reported at the time), former unpaid Gawker Media interns will be permitted to send notices to other unpaid or allegedly underpaid interns to inform those potential...more

New York District Court Conditionally Certifies Class of Interns

In Mark v. Gawker Media LLC, Case No. 13-cv-4347(AJN) (S.D. N.Y. Aug. 15, 2014), Gawker became the subject of yet another in a line of cases involving unpaid interns. Four interns brought suit under the FLSA, contending that...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

A 40 Hour per Week Volunteer? Second Circuit Says Yes

For forty hours, five days a week, for three years, Jayquan Brown provided services to New York City Department of Education’s Banana Kelly High School. Brown, who was a graduate of the school, was unable to secure a paid job...more

Hiring an Unpaid Intern for the Summer? Five Legal Guidelines to Avoid a FLSA Violation

With summer vacation around the corner, many companies are looking to hire unpaid interns. If your company is considering an unpaid internship, be sure to carefully structure the internship to avoid running afoul of the Fair...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

School is Almost Out and Summer Interns are (Still) In

With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, many people are looking forward to hitting the beach, firing up the grill and polishing off their golf clubs, which are, for many Northeasterners, covered in cobwebs after this long...more

Thinking about Hiring Interns? New Case Reminds Employers of Rules on Interns

Following similar decisions involving Hearst Corporation and Viacom, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York recently granted conditional certification of a potential nation-wide class of approximately 3,000...more

10 Tips for Hiring Summer Interns and Staying FLSA Compliant

Unpaid internships traditionally allow inexperienced students to gain hands-on knowledge in their field. In turn, employers use internship programs to find and test-drive new talent, increase productivity, support students...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

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

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