My latest article in Forbes has published: “6 Legal Requirements For Unpaid Internship Programs“.
“[T]here are some very serious legal considerations every for-profit company –including startups — must be aware of before attempting to use unpaid interns.
Under federal law, every employee in America is entitled to a minimum wage, additional compensation for overtime and certain other benefits. An employment relationship will also have consequences for the employer relating to worker’s compensation, discrimination laws, employee benefits, state labor laws and unemployment insurance coverage. For these requirements not to apply, the employment relationship must fall under applicable legal exemptions.”
Please read the whole thing.