Employers Warned About Pitfalls for Unpaid Internships

The Phoenix Business Journal warns that employers need to exercise caution in hiring unpaid interns because federal wage and labor rules might apply to those interns. If such an intern gets hurt on the job and qualifies for workers' compensation, this could cause problems if the employer has erroneously...

Unpaid Internships Under Attack!

Unpaid internships have picked up some unwanted mainstream media attention lately. Recently, a former unpaid intern filed a lawsuit against Harper's Bazaar, alleging violations of state and federal wage and hour laws . She's also hoping to make it into a class action against other Hearst publications...

Would You Accept an Unpaid Internship?

Unpaid internships are under attack! Unpaid internships have picked up some unwanted mainstream media attention lately. Recently, a former unpaid intern filed a lawsuit against Harper's Bazaar, alleging violations of state and federal wage and hour laws . She's also hoping to make it into...

You Should Pay Attention To This Post If You Have Unpaid Interns

According to Law.com, wage and hour litigation is big, and getting bigger . One area that has been poised for a take-off for a couple of years is unpaid internships. Three recent filings illustrate the dangers of using unpaid interns in your business: A former unpaid intern for the "Charlie...

Top 6 Signs Your Unpaid Internship Should Be Paid

In honor of my daughter landing her first internship, I thought I'd go through once again an issue that comes up every summer. Many internships that are unpaid are exploiting young people for free labor instead of providing a meaningful learning experience. If your internship is more about...

Unpaid Internships May Be More Costly Than You May Think

What do fashion designer Norma Kamali, journalist Charlie Rose, Elite Model Management Corporation, and the Hearst Corporation have in common? All have been sued by former unpaid interns, claiming that their unpaid status violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. With the summer internship season...

Fox Searchlight Case Confirm That Unpaid Interns Are a Dying Breed

Out of the millions of page-views this blog has received over the six-years of its existence, the most popular post (by an almost three-to-one margin over its closest competitor) is You should pay attention to this post if you have unpaid interns . In that post, I discussed a lawsuit filed by two...

28 Ways to Avoid Breaking The Law When Hiring Summer Interns

It's that time of year. You're hiring summer interns and I'm shaving a spoked B into my playoff beard looking for an excuse to recycle my six keys to keeping unpaid internships from becoming a hot wage & hour mess . See what I just did there? Oh, you saw the lede and thought...

Southern District of New York Rules That Movie Studio Was Required to Pay Its Interns; Numerous Lawsuits by Unpaid Interns in New York Follow

On June 11, 2013, in Glatt v. Searchlight Pictures Inc., No. 11 Civ. 6784, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82079 (S.D.N.Y. June 11, 2013) (Pauley, J.) [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ], the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that defendants...

NY Court Says Unpaid Intern Not Protected by Harassment Laws

The employment-discrimination laws have been expanding since their creation. And, most of the time, that’s a good thing. But there are times when I wonder, “Have we gone too far?” There was the bullying craze a few years ago, when there was a push to make bullying in the workplace unlawful...