The U.S. Department of Labor has recently announced that it is stepping up enforcement efforts against employers who offer unpaid internships.  The Department – which formerly had a more flexible approach is assessing unpaid internships – is now prohibiting unpaid internships in the vast majority of circumstances.  Nancy J. Leppink, a former Minnesota Assistant Attorney General and the current Director of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, has stated, “If you’re a for-profit employer or you want to pursue an internship with a for-profit employer, there aren’t going... Read The Rest →


In early October, California Governor Jerry Brown signd a variety of important employment and labor-related statutes. Although Gov. Brown vetoed several additional anti-employer measures, this year marks a turning point for employers with workforces in California. It is anticipated that the 2012 legislative session will yield additional proposals that will impose new and probably onerous obligations on employers. The following are the most significant of the measures signed by Governor Brown in 2011.       “Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2011” Creates New Wage Disclosure Requirements and New Penalties for Underpayment... Read The Rest →