Update August 16th: Late yesterday, I received further confirmation that the provisions regarding FMLA were withdrawn entirely from the proposed Democrat-led budget bill. Moreover, the General Assembly early this morning voted on a Republican version of the budget implementer, which now goes on to Governor Malloy (who has indicated he will veto the bill). That
Unpaid Volunteers Are Not “Employees”, Says Court
The CHRO is no stranger to taking aggressive positions in the court system.
So, it can really be no surprise that the agency wanted to expand who is covered by the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
But the Connecticut Supreme Court, as it has done before, was having none of it. The end result of the case…
Summer Fun: Hot Dogs or Wage & Hour Issues for Unpaid Interns?
While the temperatures this morning didn’t feel much like summer, the season is upon us. And be honest — when you think of summer do you think a) hot dogs or b) wage & hour issues for interns? If you answered b), you probably need some help. Which is why my colleague Jarad Lucan has…
Black Swans and Trojan Horses: Why That Internship Program May Not Be Legal
Last week, a federal judge in New York ruled that unpaid interns on the movie “Black Swan” should have been paid for their work, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
You can download the decision in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight here. The court relied on the six factors that have been outlined by…
Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Interns
The word “Interns” has turned into a dirty word for employment lawyers lately. But before you panic, it’s time to separate fact from fiction.
Now, it IS true that a few years back, the United States Department of Labor signaled employers that it would start cutting down on the practice that some…
Podcast on Internships: What Employers Need to Know
With the Department of Labor’s crackdown on unpaid interns continuing this year (for background, see my prior post), it seems appropriate to delve into the topic in some more detail.
Fortunately, I’ve been asked to join The Proactive Employer in a podcast on the topic on Friday morning. Details and signups are available…
Revenge of the Interns! Department of Labor Continues Emphasis on Unpaid Internships
As if to say, "…And We Really Mean It", the United States Department of Labor continued its publicity campaign on the issue of unpaid interns by releasing a Fact Sheet this week on whether and when interns need to be paid minimum wage or be treated as employees.
If you recall, earlier this month, the…
Quick Hits: Unpaid Interns, Employee E-mail Privacy, LinkedIn Recommendations, Advice from the “Enemy”, Retaliation, The “Restroom Issue”
With my work on the Law & Technology Symposium for the Connecticut Bar Foundation last week, there are several employment law topics that I haven’t had time to discuss in full.
While I’ve shared some of these links via my Twitter feed (which you can find at twitter.com/danielschwartz), I thought I would recap some…
Settlement Reached in MLN Bankruptcy Matter; Workers to Collect $2.7M in Unpaid Wages
A quick update on the Mortgage Lenders Network matter I’ve covered a few times before (here and here.)
Earlier this month, a Delaware bankruptcy court approved of a $2.7 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 1600 employees, many of whom worked in Connecticut.
The settlement, first reported…