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U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Labor Clarifies When Interns Working at For-Profit Employers Are Subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act

WASHINGTON, DC – On Dec. 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the fourth federal appellate court to expressly reject the U.S. Department of Labor’s six-part test for determining whether interns and students are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The Department of Labor today clarified that going forward, the Department will conform to these appellate court rulings by using the same “primary beneficiary” test that these courts use to determine whether interns are employees under the FLSA. The Wage and Hour Division will update its enforcement policies to align with recent case law, eliminate unnecessary confusion among the regulated community, and provide the Division’s investigators with increased flexibility to holistically analyze internships on a case-by-case basis.

Release Number:
18-0043-NAT

BUILT FOR CREATIVITY

Your office design can help kindle employee creativity.

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Employees are more creative (and less stressed) when they can look up and see trees and natural light.Go Natural
Employees are more creative (and less stressed) when they can look up and see trees and natural light. If everyone doesn’t have a window give people a plant for their desk.
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Office Design LayoutOffice Space
The ideal office layout is one where employees have quite places to think, but they’re still forced to mingle with-and bounce ideas off of-their coworkers.
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Office Design LayoutRaise The Roof
If you want to promote blue sky thinking, you should increase employee headroom at the office. Studies suggest that higher ceilings in the workplace encourage abstract, conceptual thinking.