The unpaid-interns ruckus has now entangled President Obama.
Two federal appellate courts have ruled that workers' immigration status does not affect their right to recover unpaid or underpaid FLSA wages.
New developments emphasize yet again that employers should only enter into these relationships with their eyes fully open.
Our recent Forbes.com article summarizes some important points to keep in mind with respect to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act status of "contract laborers", "freelancers", "casual workers", "contract employees", or independent contractors by any other name.
We have taken the position that the Labor Department's proposed collection of information should not be cleared, approved, or undertaken.
The internship season is fast-approaching. The time to consider whether and under what circumstances to get involved in these relationships is NOW.
After 38 days, the U.S. Labor Department still has not provided a copy.
The U.S. Labor Department apparently intends to reinvigorate its so-called "Right to Know" initiative.
An organization to which people donate holiday services should consider the possibility that these individuals might be FLSA "employees".
Organizations whose operating models are based upon or incorporate independent contractors ignore the current enforcement climate at their peril.