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Student Interns: To pay or not to Pay?

With the school year just underway, thousands of students are heading off campus to begin student internships. (Hollywood is paying attention too.)  Of those interns, many go unpaid. In recent years, the number of students challenging their unpaid status and seeking minimum wage and overtime protections afforded by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) has increased dramatically. In the wake of these challenges, employers must carefully evaluate their internship programs, and answer this question: to pay or not to pay. More ›

NY Court: Unpaid Interns Entitled to Protections of Labor Laws

Production interns on the set of a blockbuster movie claimed that they should have been classified as employees, not unpaid interns, and filed suit against the production company. The interns did basic tasks such as answering phones, arranged travel, took lunch orders, and general office work. They claimed that the production company violated federal and New York state minimum wage laws by not paying them for their work. The interns ultimately moved for summary judgment on the issue of whether they were employees covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law, and also sought class certification. The company also filed a motion for summary judgment and opposed the request for class certification. More ›

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