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Unpaid Interns

Lousy Internship Experience Does Not Convert It Into Paid Work

In recent years, a number of companies have faced lawsuits from unpaid interns who claim that they should have been compensated for their work. The Department of Labor considers internships to be subject to federal minimum...more

Intern Or Employee? When “Take Your Children To Work” Day Backfires

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In late April each year, tens of millions of employees and millions of employers participate in Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day. Of course, the vast majority of the child participants are elementary school kids, or...more

7th Circuit Says Beauty School Student Not An Employee

On August 14, in Hollins v. Regency Corp., the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that a cosmetology student who worked at her beauty...more

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Seventh Circuit Rejects Claim That Cosmetology Trainees Were Employees

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Former cosmetology students are not employees entitled to pay under the FLSA and various state laws, the Seventh Circuit holds, rejecting the Department of Labor’s six-factor test but declining to adopt any bright-line test....more

The Law Governing Unpaid Interns, Part II: Rights Under Federal and State Nondiscrimination Laws

This is the second of two blogs covering the law governing unpaid interns and volunteers. Our first blog reviewed the basic criteria for determining whether a worker can properly be considered an unpaid intern or volunteer....more

It’s Almost Summer! Time to Review the Law Governing Interns, Part I

It’s that time of year again when employers who take on interns and volunteers for the summer are reminded that they must comply with federal and state wage and hour laws. There have been a few new developments in the law...more

How Today’s Employers Can Avoid The Heat With Their Unpaid Summer Internship Programs

by Cole Schotz on

Memorial Day weekend is upon us: the weather is getting warmer, colleges are out of session, and high schools are winding down towards final exams. More than just the start of Summer, this means Summer Intern season has...more

It’s Internship Time!

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

It’s that time of the year when college students will come knocking looking for a job or an internship. Depending on the nature of an organization’s business, an unpaid intern might be a great idea....more

Need to Know: Recent and Upcoming Changes to the UK’s Employment Law Landscape

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

New legislation due to come into force in April 2017 requiring employers to publish details of their average pay for men and women - New Gender Pay Gap Reporting obligations are expected to come into force in April 2017....more

Ivanka Trump Intern Controversy Offers Key Reminders for Businesses

by Carlton Fields on

A recent blog post by one of Ivanka Trump’s interns suggests the Presidential candidate’s daughter uses unpaid interns to help run her website, IvankaTrump.com. The intern offered tips on staying financially afloat while...more

In Final Exam, Court Rejects Hearst Interns’ Pay Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Unpaid interns for Hearst magazines have been rebuffed again in their effort to be declared eligible to receive wages under the FLSA and the New York Labor Law. In an August 24, 2016 ruling, Judge J. Paul Oetken of the...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2016 #5

by Zelle LLP on

Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. Last week, several blogs discussed what employers can do to limit the effect of the game on the workplace. HR Morning advised looking at information technology and social media...more

That’s a Wrap: Fox Reaches Deal with Unpaid Interns

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Fox Searchlight and Fox Entertainment Group have reached a preliminary settlement with a group of former unpaid interns, possibly resolving the lawsuit that resulted in a Second Circuit decision that redefined the test used...more

Stay Smart When Hiring Summer Interns

by DLA Piper on

As the summer holiday approaches, many eager university students will be looking at working as an intern to gain work experience. For many businesses, hiring summer interns is a great way to scout out potential talent and...more

Employment Law Roundup: Summary of Recent Changes Affecting New York Employers

by White & Case LLP on

Private employers in New York should be aware of a number of employment law changes over the past year that affect background checks (both credit and criminal history), anti-discrimination protections and reasonable...more

Summertime, and the Livin’ is…well, potentially complicated

by McAfee & Taft on

Ah…summertime. It’s finally here. The long days, the slower pace. Vacations, hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill, and the ever-present risk of legal exposure. Huh? That’s right, summertime also ushers in different types of...more

But Will You Work for Free? The Difficulty in Using Unpaid Interns

by Varnum LLP on

The sun is starting to peak from behind gray clouds, and we all know what that means: summer is almost upon us! School is out, time for beach trips, barbeques, fireworks…and unpaid internships. With droves of undergraduate...more

Gawker FLSA Ruling Leaves Interns Gawking

by Baker Donelson on

Where's the line between an intern and an employee? If you think that's an easy question, consider this: the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) defines "employ" broadly as to "suffer or permit to work." So, who's to say that...more

New York District Court Grants Summary Judgment for Employer in Gawker Intern Case

by BakerHostetler on

Litigation Over Interns Dries Up Internship Opportunities - The natural and probable consequence of litigation over unpaid internships was that such opportunities would disappear because the risk of litigation for even...more

Gawker Victory Against Unpaid Interns Provides Helpful Roadmap

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

A federal judge has sided with Gawker in the media company’s legal battle with a former unpaid intern who claimed that he should have been compensated as an employee. On March 29th, Judge Alison Nathan in the Southern...more

Amendments to FEHA Regulations Effective April 1, 2016

by BakerHostetler on

On April 1, 2016, amendments to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations will become effective. While the amendments bring the regulations into compliance with various recent statutory changes and case...more

This Is Not a Prank: California’s New Amended FEHA Regulations Are Effective April 1

by Reed Smith on

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) prohibits harassment and discrimination in the workplace that is based on one or more of the categories commonly protected by local, state and federal discrimination laws....more

Closure For Second Circuit Intern Case, But Risks Persist Nationally

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Spring is around the corner, with summer not far behind, so thoughts naturally turn to the obvious topic: internships. Although the volume of new lawsuits by unpaid interns challenging their status has abated...more

Second Circuit Amends its Unpaid Intern Classification decision; Refines the Primary Beneficiary Analysis

Last summer the Second Circuit issued an important decision that identified the proper test for determining whether an employer properly classified an individual as an unpaid intern. The decision was a victory for employers...more

A New And More Flexible Approach To Internship Programs

by Fisher Phillips on

Class action lawsuits filed by interns who claim they should be classified as employees have proliferated over the last few years. In these types of cases, a large number of interns have argued that they were actually...more

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