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Must Interns Be Paid?

Written by Karl Gerber on . Posted in Blog, Unpaid Wages

Labor lawyers advise whether an intern should be paid depends on the following factors:

  • The extent to which the internship provides training similar to the training typically given by an educational institute. This may be hard to meet because most Lawyer For Internseducational facilities do not offer real office work. In addition, internships are usually not classroom experiences, or online education.
  • The degree to which the internship experience benefits the intern rather than the employer. If the Intern is mostly reading case files and then turning in a report for a professor this may not benefit the sponsor of the internship, but how many internships operate in this fashion?

Free Labor Lawyer Consultation In Los Angeles

Written by Karl Gerber on . Posted in Blog

Free Labor Work Lawyer ConsulatationAny good labor lawyer receives a minimum of 5 new client calls a day in which an employee calls in seeking representation on an employment case. They also receive e-mails. If we think what you say on the phone sounds like a case we will meet with you for free at our office. You can call the initial client meeting a free consultation, but we would like to think of it as a client who has made the decision to sue and is planning to hire our firm to file a lawsuit against their employer.

Beware of any labor lawyer who advertises a, “Free consultation.” If this means they will get on the phone with you for five to ten minutes, is that a consultation? While there may be some exceptions, any experienced lawyer representing employees knows they cannot give you legal advice in five to ten minutes. If you really want to find out what your legal rights are as an employee, you need a half hour to two hours with a lawyer. Will any employment lawyer give you a half hour to two hours just to answer your labor law questions when they don’t think you have a case they can take? Hell no!

Labor Law Advisory On Federal Minimum Wage

Written by Karl Gerber on . Posted in Blog

Presently Federal Minimum Wage is $7.25 an hour. California minimum wage is $9.00 an hour. If Obama is successful in raising Federal Minimum Wage to $10.25 an hour for all employees, the Federal Minimum Wage will be higher than California’s minimum wage.

Generally, Federal Labor Laws provide lesser protection than California labor laws. The theory is Federal Labor Laws are designed to provide the most minimal protection while states are allowed to provide greater protection of employees under their state labor laws . Next year, California minimum wage will be $10.00 an hour for those who are not employed in cities with their own minimum wage such as San Francisco. Additionally, employees at some government owned facilities enjoy special minimum wages such as workers at certain airports. Also worth mentioning, construction workers on government construction projects receive mandatory prevailing wages which are always significantly higher than minimum wage.

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