Should We Be Paying Our Interns?

The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently released a statement adopting a “primary beneficiary” test to be used when determining whether an intern for a for-profit employer should be classified as an employee under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Continue reading

Interns: Paid or Unpaid?

soap-bubble-63982_1280Interns at “for-profit” privately owned companies generally should be considered as employees and must be paid for all hours worked.

In order for the internship to be unpaid, all six of the following criteria must be met based on the Fair Labor Standards Act:

Continue reading

Know the Rules Before Hiring Youth and Interns

If keeping your payroll as lean as possible is your goal, you may be able to take advantage of a lower federal minimum wage. Employees under age 20 can be paid a “youth minimum wage,” as low as $4.25 per hour, for the first 90 consecutive calendar days. Another lower federal minimum wage applies to full-time students as well as high school students enrolled in vocational education programs.

Continue reading