Labor and Employment Law

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You Should Pay Attention To This Post If You Have Unpaid Interns
Posted on 20 Mar 2012 by Jon Hyman

According to, 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... Read More

Court "Certifies" Gawker Media Interns' Collective Action
Posted on 29 Aug 2014 by Fisher & Phillips LLP

by John E. Thompson 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 plaintiffs... Read More

USDOL Brief Elaborates Upon "Intern" Views
Posted on 23 Jul 2014 by Fisher & Phillips LLP

by John E. Thompson 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. This ruling... Read More

Another Court Adopts "Primary Beneficiary" Internship Analysis
Posted on 25 Sep 2015 by Fisher & Phillips LLP

We reported in July that the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Connecticut, New York, and Vermont) laid out seven non-exhaustive factors as part of a "primary beneficiary" analysis for evaluating whether unpaid interns... Read More

Unpaid Internships Under Attack!
Posted on 7 Feb 2012 by Philip Miles

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... Read More

Fisher & Phillips: Risks Of "Internship" Claims And Liability Still Increasing
Posted on 12 Mar 2013 by Fisher & Phillips LLP

by John E. Thompson We have warned for some time now that businesses and other organizations should think carefully if they are considering the possibility of permitting unpaid internships. What might be described as the internship "season"... Read More

Unpaid Interns and the Fair Labor Standards Act
Posted on 25 Jun 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

by Joseph U. Leonoro With the arrival of summer, many companies are hiring college and high school students to work as interns during summer break. Often, employers do not pay interns at all, or only pay them a stipend or other amount which is lower... Read More

Reminder: New York Interns Are Now Protected Under Both the State and City Human Rights Laws
Posted on 16 Sep 2014 by Sheppard Mullin

by Lisa Lewis , Jonathan Sokolowski and Andrew Smith* Following New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s endorsement of an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) extending the statute’s anti-discrimination and... Read More