Working with interns can provide a great opportunity for a business owner, but if close attention to details and requirements for running an unpaid internship are not understood it can lead to problems for the business.
This guide shows business owners how to legally operate unpaid internship programs and outlines:
• How the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Regulates Unpaid Internships
• The difference between an employee, independent contractor and an intern
• The Department of Labor’s Six Part Test, Fact Sheet #71, for classifying a “trainee”
• A test to determine if you can offer an unpaid internship or not
• Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements
• And how to make sure your unpaid internship is in compliance with Federal law
“As with all things in business there’s usually a legal side. Most of the legal issues surrounding internships stem from the nature of the relationship between the employer and the intern and whether the internship is paid or unpaid,” said Dreama Lee, President, Efficient Enterprises, Inc. She continued, “In our guide, now available on Amazon Kindle, we provide valuable information to business owners on how to offer unpaid internships legally.”
Businesses are looking for ways to economically grow their businesses during these difficult economic times. Likewise college students are desperate for on the job experience. Unpaid internships are the solution to both of these needs. However, if businesses do not arm themselves with the right legal information, what could be a win-win relationship between student and businesses could result in difficult legal problems for the employer and therefore less internship opportunities for students.
Intern Profits, a service of Efficient Enterprises, Inc., provides businesses the tools and resources to find, hire and manage interns to help grow and expand their business while creating educational opportunities for tomorrow’s talent today.
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Intern Profits provides businesses the tools and resources to find, hire and manage interns to help grow and expand their business while creating educational opportunities for tomorrow’s talent today.