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June 14, 2011
by Business Litigation Practice Group

In this Issue:
Does your unpaid internship violate the FLSA? 
The Department of Labor and some courts take differing approaches to determine whether an unpaid internship falls within the scope of the FLSA 
By Chris Heffelbower
Federal law provides strict guidelines in determining whether an employee's unpaid internship falls outside federal wage laws or if the internship must provide compensation. To read more, click here.
The “Invisible Picket Line:”  NLRB holds that use of large inflatable rat balloon at neutral employer’s site is not an unlawful secondary activity
By Bruce J. Douglas
The Board approved the use by a union of a 16-foot tall rat balloon in front of a hospital to persuade it to cease doing business with nonunion contractors performing work on a hospital addition. To read more, click here.
Bankruptcy Code section 525 does not prohibit private employers from denying employment based on prior bankruptcy filing
By Bruce J. Douglas and Richard J."Jay" Reding
Although government employers may not deny employment to an individual who has filed for bankruptcy protection, that prohibition does not apply to private employers. To read more, click here.

Multiple defendants involved in a Minnesota lawsuit? Ambiguities in Minnesota’s joint and several liability statute may increase defendants’ exposure
By Melissa L. Hagstrum
Though it has been nearly eight years since Minnesota’s joint and several liability statute was modified, Minnesota courts have yet to consider some of the ambiguous language used to describe the exceptions to the general rule. To read more, click here.
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