In June 2013, a federal district court ruled in Glatt, et al v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., that certain unpaid interns providing services on the motion picture Black Swan were actually "employees" under federal and state wage laws, and thus entitled to compensation. This ruling comes on the heels of similar high-profile claims against companies like Conde Nast and the Hearst Corporation and as websites like http://www.unpaidinternslawsuit.com/ and http://internjustice.com/ start to proliferate.
These disputes have re-ignited the debate over the use of internships as part of a university's curricular program. Defenders of academic internships point to accreditation encouragement, professional practice standards, and general academic benefits flowing from such efforts. Critics have questioned whether higher education institutions are condoning students' exploitation as free labor while schools collect tuition dollars. The debate over this issue continues while the Glatt decision is on review before the Second Circuit and state governments have started to weigh in by extending various employment laws to student interns. Thus, these recent developments have made clear that internships are not without some legal risk, and institutions of higher education need to understand and mitigate this risk if they hope to be able to provide opportunities to students.
In this webinar, our expert speaker, Sacha Dyson, board certified in labor and employment law by the Florida Bar, will explore the current debate over the use of internships as a curricular program and some of the reasons behind fostering internships for academic credit. She will shed light on the legal issues companies face in accepting interns, and explain how institutions of higher education can respond by structuring internships to both minimize risk and enhance the overall student experience.
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Sacha Dyson is currently a partner in Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, P.A. - a law firm located in Tampa, Florida, who represents businesses, governmental entities, and educational institutions in labor, employment, education, housing, and other civil rights disputes. She is board certified in labor and employm... More info