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Be careful when using unpaid interns

from By D. Albert Brannen

The federal Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has become much more aggressive in identifying and seeking damages against employers who fail to pay interns for the work they perform. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, covered, nonexempt individuals who are "permitted" to work must be compensated for the services they perform for an employer. Unless an internship in the "for-profit" private sector meets a set of six criteria, the internship will most often be viewed as employment. more

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