According to Law.com, wage and hour litigation is big, and getting bigger. One
area that has been poised for a take-off for a couple of years is unpaid
internships. Three recent filings illustrate the dangers of using unpaid
interns in your business:
The New York Times's resident ethicist, Ariel Kaminer,
calls this issue "the internship rip-off."
Two years ago, I wrote how the Department of Labor was
targeting employers who use the services of unpaid interns. As these examples
show, workers (and their lawyers) have caught up.
In response to this spate of lawsuits, publishing giant
Condé Naste has revised its guidelines for the use of unpaid interns. From The Atlantic, Condé Naste's interns:
These procedures might not be right for your
organization. But, they highlight that you need to be thinking about these
issues if you are a private sector, for-profit entity using, or considering
using, interns. The rules haven't changed; only they are now more widely known
and are being enforced.
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