Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor
When school is out, many students and new graduates look to gain real-world experience through internships.
However, an employer hoping to take advantage of these interns as a source of free labor should think twice. Unless an internship satisfies strict criteria, interns must be treated like employees, meaning they must be paid the minimum wage and overtime.
A prominent lawsuit in 2013 brought widespread attention to the issue, so an employer that operates an unpaid internship should be prepared for the possibility of a copycat lawsuit.
XpertHR offers the following Tools and resources to help an employer that is considering an unpaid internship.