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Warning: The Department of Labor says if youve got unpaid interns, odds are youre breaking the law.
The DOLs Wage and Hour Division says its cracking down on organizations that fail to pay interns properly and its expanding efforts to educate companies, colleges and students on the law regarding internships.
If youre a for-profit employer or you want to pursue an internship with a for-profit employer, there arent going to be many circumstances where you can have an internship and not be paid and still be in compliance with the law, said Nancy J. Leppink, the acting director of the DOLs Wage and Hour Division.
The reason this problem is just now coming to light: Interns havent been quick to file complaints usually due to a fear of endangering their chances for future employment.
So the DOL has decided to step in for them with increased enforcement efforts.
Examples: Officials in California have already issued guidance letters to advise employers whether they are breaking the law, and Oregon regulators have unearthed numerous abuses and obtained back pay for unpaid interns who claim they were really employees in disguise.
In a nutshell, what the DOL is saying is: If your company benefits from the work an intern does, the persons got to be paid.
The DOLs established criteria:
- To be unpaid, an internship must be similar to the training provided in an academic or vocational setting.
- Unpaid interns must not displace regular paid workers.
- An employer must not receive an immediate advantage from an unpaid interns work.