By Daniel Indiviglio
WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters Breakingviews) - A New York court ruled that youngsters got a raw deal by working on a Fox film without pay and Cond?? Nast interns have a similar beef. Such volunteer roles generally provide value for employers and inexperienced workers alike. Distorting apprenticeship economics could be costly.
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- Film studio Fox Searchlight Pictures violated wage laws by not paying two interns who worked on the movie 'Black Swan,' a federal district court in Manhattan ruled on June 11. Judge William Pauley concluded that production interns were essentially regular employees and should have been paid accordingly. He said they did not benefit from an educational environment but the studio benefited from their work.
- Separately, two former interns sued Cond?? Nast on June 13, alleging that the magazine publisher violated the law by not paying them minimum wage. The plaintiffs were paid $300 to $500 each summer for working up to 22 hours a week with responsibilities that included reviewing articles for submission and editing.
- New York Times: Judge rules that movie studio should have been paying interns http://link.reuters.com/quk88t
- New York Times: Cond?? Nast faces suit from interns over wages http://link.reuters.com/ryk88t
Wafer-thin M&A fee, sir?
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