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Wage & Hour Talk
Franczek Radelet attorneys Katie B. Schreiber and Mark S. Wilkinson discuss wage and hour issues in a brief podcast, which you can hear on our Web site or download to your computer or audio player.
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  • Pub Date: May 27, 2010
  • "Should Your Unpaid Interns Actually Be Paid?"
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  • With summer just around the corner, most employers have already assembled an eager stock of interns willing to work over the next few months and gain some practical experience in the workplace. They are typically a perfect fit. The employer gets a free worker for a few months and the intern receives much needed experience to compete for jobs in the future. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), however, does not necessarily see it that way.

    The DOL recently revisited a stringent test that must be met before an employer can properly classify an individual as an intern. If the test has not been met, then the employer should classify this person as a regular employee. The DOL and state wage and hour officials have said that they will soon begin cracking down on employers that misclassify interns.

    In this podcast, we examine the DOL’s intern-test and put it to use on some common internship scenarios.