The Donald Sterling saga continues to teach employers—by way of bad example—important lessons for managing employees. While Sterling’s racist comments and desperate attempts to retain ownership of the L.A. Clippers continue to grab headlines, employers who hire unpaid interns may be facing a lawsuit similar to a less publicized lawsuit filed yesterday against the beleaguered ...Read more
As you may know, discrimination based on gender identity is unlawful in several states and many cities. This includes both the State of Washington and the City of Seattle. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has also taken the position that gender identity is protected under Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination based on sex. While the antidiscrimination laws that protect ...Read more
Employers tempted to outsource work to independent contractors in order to curb payroll costs should carefully consider the legal implications before doing so. Such arrangements are likely to violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as well as federal tax and state laws. Employers who violate the FLSA face liability for payment of back wages ...
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Boss: Time for your lunch break. Employee: Naw, I’ll just finish up what I’m working on and take my break later. Boss: That’s fine with me, but you are free to go now. Employee: Gotcha! Now you owe me a premium for taking a late break! Is a scenario like this possible? Well, of course, ...Read more
To Pay or Not to Pay? As the school year begins again, it is a great time for hoteliers to think about their unpaid internship programs. Unpaid internships can be great symbiotic relationships. College students or individuals trying out new fields are willing to work for free in exchange for real-life work experience and something ...Read more
There was a significant increase in the number of class-action lawsuits in 2012 brought by a former intern, many of whom were in unpaid positions working in the business sector. But recently the educational community received a wake-up call when Hamilton College was hit with a class-action lawsuit involving its paid interns. The Facts In ...Read more