With summer in full swing, many college students are immersed in a time-honored rite of passage: the internship. Although some students are lucky enough to be compensated for their efforts, many internships are unpaid, with students either receiving course credit or simply "gaining experience" without monetary compensation.

The recent Black Swan ruling by a federal district court in New York has forced employers to seriously reconsider their internship policies. In that landmark decision, the court ruled that a film distribution company improperly classified two people working on the movie Black Swan as unpaid interns rather than employees who should have been paid. Now, the floodgates have opened for more disgruntled unpaid interns to sue their employers. This spate of litigation has received substantial attention from the human resources and legal communities and may be the catalyst for groundbreaking changes in the way employers classify and/or use unpaid interns.

In this webinar, we will examine what the ruling and recent increase in scrutiny mean for colleges and universities whose students seek and accept internships, both paid and unpaid. Our presenters will discuss the factors that convinced the court in the Black Swan case to rule that the unpaid interns were, in fact, employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act and, therefore, entitled to compensation at least at the minimum wage. The session will include a discussion of university "best practices," including tips for reducing your own exposure without compromising students' ability to secure internship experience that could be critical to their future careers.

Note that Ballard Spahr will also be presenting a webinar on this issue as it affects employers outside higher education, on July 30, 2013. Registration for that program is open as well.


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  ET  |  Webinar


Patricia A. Smith
Louis L. Chodoff

There is no cost to attend. This program is not eligible for continuing education credits.

Please register at least two days before the webinar. Login details will be sent to all approved registrants. For more information, contact Lisa Prickril at 215.864.8252 or prickrill@ballardspahr.com.

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