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Showing 2 posts from January 2015.

Internships – A Teachable Moment

Internships are a beautiful thing. They can provide a student with invaluable experience. If you are working with an intern or you were interested in offering an internship, please read on.

If you need a hand with your work as you are launching your design business, and you thought an intern would be a great way to get free labor, think again. Calling an employee an intern, as a way to cut costs, is a really bad idea and will expose your business to the wrath of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”). Generally speaking, an internship in a “for-profit” private sector business will be viewed as employment unless the relationship meets the following six factors: (1) the internship is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment, even though the intern is involved in the “actual operations” of the employer; (2) the internship experience is for the benefit of the intern; (3) the intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff; (4) the employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded; (5) the intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and (6) the employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship. Read More ›

Categories: Employment, Fashion

The Golden Globes – was it 2015 or 1950?

As our readers know, we will occasionally depart from the law and legal developments to inject our personal views on the intersection of fashion and culture. This post is purely personal commentary on fashion and culture. Don’t hesitate to comment! -Deanna

For anyone who knows my background, thanks to the recent Legal News article, you know that my initial appreciation of garments came from a place of necessity and utility. Fortunately, my life permits me the leisure of enjoying the aesthetics of a garment and the opportunity to use fashion for creative expression.

I tuned into the Golden Globes on Sunday night with more interest in what was worn than what was won. I of course enjoyed seeing some beautiful dresses. Kate Hudson in Versace was stunning, and what a fine example of one way of dealing with the absence of IP protection in the US for garment design – make something that required such precision that a quality copy is virtually impossible. Read More ›

Categories: Fashion, Intellectual Property