Avoiding Liability For Unpaid Interns

Law360 (June 2, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT) -- Once the exclusive domain of students, several recent articles suggest that individuals decades removed from the classroom are now vying for unpaid internships to enhance their competitive standing when searching for paid positions at the same time that the Department of Labor is increasing its scrutiny of internships.[1]

While the recent press on internships has been helpful and informative, most of these articles have not provided practical advice for avoiding liability. So, what can an employer offering internships do to avoid potential liability?

In order to avoid misclassifying interns (which would trigger the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime...

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