Are Unpaid Internships Illegal in Arizona?

By Lindsay G. Leavitt To pay, or not to pay? For Arizona employers offering internships, that is the question. Since the Great Recession, the number of unpaid internships has mushroomed, presumably because employers desire to reduce costs while students still need to bolster their resumes. What for-profit employers need to…

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Department of Labor Announces New Funding Priorities

On March 4, 2014, the United States Department of Labor announced certain funding priorities in the President’s budget proposal including an increase of $41 million to fund enforcement of wage and hour laws and FMLA compliance. Additional Department of Labor budget priorities are: •Nearly $14 million to fund the misclassification…

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U.S. Dept. of Labor Provides Guidance to Employee Benefit Plans On Definition of “Spouse” and “Marriage” Under ERISA and Recent Supreme Court Decision

Recently, in United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. This ruling impacts the definition and application of the terms “spouse” and “marriage” in federal statutes, and has implications on federal benefits and obligations. Under Section 3 of…

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