Unpaid Interns and a Lunch Order Gone Bad: Jury Returns FLSA Retaliation Verdict Against Martina McBride’s Production CompanyA February 2020 jury verdict against county music star Martina McBride’s production company highlights – albeit indirectly – the perils of unpaid internship programs and the issues they can cause under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The Facts

Martina McBride and her husband, John, own Blackbird Studios, which hired Richard Hanson as its operations

It’s What I Said Before: DOL’s Opinion Reversal Does Not Sway Arkansas Federal CourtWhen the Department of Labor (DOL) withdraws one of its previous opinion letters and issues a new interpretation, should a court change its ruling? No — not according to a federal judge in Arkansas.

DOL Opinion Letters

As background, the DOL issues opinion letters as a means to provide guidance for Fair Labor Standards Act

Keeping It Regular: DOL Issues Rule Clarifying Regular Pay RateThe Department of Labor recently issued a final rule about how to calculate an employee’s regular rate of pay for overtime purposes under the Fair Labor Standards Act. As everyone knows, under the FLSA you have to pay nonexempt employees overtime pay for any hours worked over 40 in a workweek. We also know that