Court: If interns perform work, pay them!

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In a decision issued just in time for this year’s crop of college students to report for summer internships, a federal court in New York has ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated wage-and-hour laws by failing to pay interns who did menial tasks during production of the Oscar-nominated movie “Black Swan.”

Plus, the June 12 opinion by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York green-lighted a class-action lawsuit covering everyone who worked unpaid internships for Fox Searchlight from 2008 to 2010.

This case—Glatt, et al. v. Fox Searchlight Pictures—is a timely reminder that, in almost all cases, employers must pay interns at least the minimum wage, no matter how basic their work is.

Glatt was the first real court test of U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) guidance on unpaid internships issued in 2010.To comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the DOL says an unpaid intern program must meet all s...(register to read more)

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