Should you be paid for your summer internship?

With summer upon us, many students are seeking valuable summer internships as a way to gain work experience, and hopefully some money too.  However, much confusion exists over whether these internships must be paid, or whether the work experience is sufficient compensation. In general, internships should be paid when the work done benefits the employer,…

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Intern or Employee?

The question of whether student interns should be considered employees is a challenging one in employment law. If a student intern is deemed an employee, they may be entitled to employment benefits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including receiving at least minimum wage and overtime compensation for hours worked beyond 40 in a…

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When Must I Be Paid As An Intern?

Despite recent efforts to clarify just when it’s acceptable to hire an unpaid intern, many workers – including large numbers of college students – report mistreatment and confusion surrounding the rules. In fact, news has reported on several high profile lawsuits concerning internships at Harper’s Bazaar and Fox Searchlight. Remember – if you’re working at…

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Unpaid Internships May Violate The FLS

With spring approaching and summer not far off, employers and students begin thinking about summer jobs, including summer internships. Many employers have gotten in trouble for using “unpaid interns” as a way around paying hard working employees the wages they are entitled to. The good news is that employers are slowly recognizing that strict rules…

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When Is An Unpaid Internship Illegal?

A recent unpaid intern lawsuit filed in New York raises issues that every intern should be aware of including, when should I be paid? The New York unpaid intern case involves a former intern who worked for the magazine Harper’s Bazaar. She has sued the magazine’s publisher, Hearst Corporation, for violations of the Fair Labor…

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