• Internships: Legal Issues

  • Legal Issues: International Students and Unpaid Internships

    International students have to approach internships with caution. Whether an international student in F-1 or J-1 status requires work authorization is not governed by whether the student is paid. An international student may need proper F-1 or J-1 work authorization even for unpaid work. Only if the work is properly “volunteer” unpaid work under DOL rules can the international student perform the work without proper work authorization.

    Appeals Court Vacates Ruling in Unpaid Internship Case

    On July 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated a lower court decision that Fox Searchlight Pictures had improperly classified former workers as unpaid interns rather than employees, calling the U.S. Department of Labor’s standards out of date and “too rigid for our precedent to withstand.”

    Legal Issues: Internships

    Recent court decisions and lawsuits make it prudent for employers and career services alike to understand the legal issues surrounding internships.

    Legal Issues: Coverage for Interns Under the Affordable Care Act

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a set of health insurance reforms intended to make healthcare more accessible to Americans. The consequence of such accessibility is increased responsibilities for employers. Not all employers, however, are impacted by the ACA’s requirements and not all interns are required to be covered.

    Legal Issues: Internship Employment Agreements

    Recent court decisions and lawsuits, new laws, and the heightened scrutiny of internships are prompting some employers to review certain areas of their internship programs, including employment agreements.