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 an unpaid internship it should
be for your benefit and training and not the employers. In fact, many
times internships may be to the detriment of the employer.
Before you accept an unpaid internship, it’s a good idea to talk
with an experienced
Georgia wage and hour attorney to ensure that you’re not being cheated out of the training and
guidance you deserve.
So what are the rules surrounding workers rights and internships? The main
rules come from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA provides
guidelines concerning what distinguishes an intern from an employee and
entitled to pay.
These guidelines include:
• The employer must derive no immediate advantage from the activities
of the intern;
• The internship must be for the benefit of the intern;
• An internship should not include tasks that would otherwise be
assigned to paid employees; and • An intern isn’t necessarily
entitled to a job at the end of the internship.
The DOL Wage and Hour Division has a complete list of all
internship criteria an employer must follow when determining whether an internship may be unpaid.
For more information or if you believe you have been denied fair compensation
based on the terms of your internship, please contact the top
Atlanta wage and hour lawyers The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.