Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ivanka Trump -- Minimum Wage Victim?

White houseThe White House just announced that Ivanka Trump will no longer be a White House volunteer or "informal advisor," but will instead be an "unpaid employee." The move to employee status is a positive development, as it ensures that the usual ethical rules that apply to White House workers will apply to her as well. It's also understandable that, given her personal wealth, she would eschew a salary.

This does raise a question for the labor & employment law geeks among us: what about the FLSA's minimum wage? Normally, the FLSA would apply to federal employees, who can't agree to a salary below the minimum. However, I believe that there is a process for seeking a waiver--in this case, likely from the Office of Personnel Management, which enforces the FLSA for federal employees--but there's no mention of whether a waiver is currently being sought (or whether I'm even right about this).

If any readers have more insight, please add a comment.

-Jeff Hirsch

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/laborprof_blog/2017/03/ivanka-trump-minimum-wage-victim.html

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Comments

The White House hires unpaid interns. Maybe she fits into that category, perhaps with an inflated title: Senior Intern. :)

Posted by: David Yamada | Mar 31, 2017 12:08:45 PM

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