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Fox Searchlight Case Confirms That Unpaid Interns are a Dying Breed

June 17, 2013
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Last week two former interns sued Condé Nast for unpaid wages. I think it's fair to say that the sun in quickly setting on the use of unpaid internships in corporate America.
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GOP Senator Backs Senate's Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill

June 11, 2013
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With Sen. Kelly Ayotte endorsing a bipartisan immigration reform bill, the proposed legislation appears likely to pass the Senate. However, the real test for the bill will be the House of Representatives, where it will face stiff GOP opposition.
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Immigration Reform Dealt a Setback as Talks Hit Impasse

June 7, 2013
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Congressman's departure from the House committee in charge of immigration reform leaves the future of the reform bill uncertain.
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High Court Affirmative Action Case Could Have Workplace Implications

June 5, 2013
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The forthcoming ruling from the Supreme Court on Fisher v. University of Texas is unpredictable and carries the potential to negatively affect the legality of affirmative action.
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Legal Briefing: Poor Business Judgment Not Proof of Age Bias

May 10, 2013
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For six years, Frank Woodward was a director of sales at Emulex Corp. Woodward, who worked remotely in Massachusetts, had an excellent performance record, but because of a series of Emulex decisions, Woodward’s sales significantly declined by 2009. In response, Emulex eliminated the jobs held by Woodward and his two assistants and terminated Woodward.
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Legal Briefing: Collective-Action Claims Defeated by Employer Offer

May 10, 2013
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Laura Symczyk filed a lawsuit against her employer, Genesis HealthCare Corp., alleging that Genesis violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by automatically deducting pay for a 30-minute lunch break even if the employee worked during that time.
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Debunking Myths of a Pro-Business Supreme Court

May 9, 2013
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There are still two key employment cases pending this term. These two rulings will help determine this Supreme Court's developing legacy as either pro-individual or pro-business in deciding employment cases.
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‘Gaining My Religion’: U.S. Courts Could Give Lifestyle Choices Saintly Status

May 2, 2013
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If federal courts did expand their definition of protected religious practice in the workplace, this would lead to a quandary for many employers. After all, state and federal laws on the subject can be substantially different.
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The Legal and Ethical Issues of the Class Action “Pick Off”

April 30, 2013
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There are significant strategic decisions that companies and their attorneys must make when defending class action lawsuits. Pre-certification communications with potential class members carry a big upside, albeit with the potential of significant risk.
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