STATION ADVISORY

Rules About Paying Interns Have Changed

The Department of Labor’s crackdown on businesses illegally failing to pay their interns began in 2010, with the DOL applying a rigid six-part test to determine whether an intern must be paid at least minimum wage for time spent working. This caused a lot of consternation in media companies, with many electing to just drop internship programs. For those media companies, and the students that faced a suddenly diminished number of available internships, an announcement this past week from the Department of Labor will be welcome news.

STATION ADVISORY

Ain’t No Cure For The Overtime Blues

When the Department of Labor announced in May that it would more than double the minimum salary needed to qualify an employee as exempt from overtime pay on Dec. 1, you could hear the collective gasp from businesses nationwide, including broadcasters. Here is some advice for broadcasters looking for more details and strategies for complying with the rule change while minimizing the economic impact on their stations.

Govt. Looks To Lift ‘Exempt Employee’ Limits

The ranks of those eligible for minimum wage and time-and-a-half for overtime could swell with an anticipated change in the Department of Labor’s definition of “exempt employee.”

STATION ADVISORY

Forget What You Know About Paying Interns

Interns are a perennial part of the media landscape, and you have probably heard a lot over the last few years on the subject of unpaid interns. Specifically, that unless they qualify as genuine interns under a six-part Department of Labor test, businesses are required to treat them (and therefore pay them) as employees. However, change may be on the way.