By Carmon M. Harvey
Gone are the days where the young people of the world are willing to work for peanuts (or less) to beef up their resumes with “internships.” They now increasingly are insisting – often through litigation – on being paid a minimum wage and overtime for that experience.
As my colleague, Dan O’Meara, recently was quoted in a Forbes.com article on this topic, “No good deed goes unpunished.”
While we can question whether kids these days have any work ethic and whether offering those “kids” the opportunity to put in long hours for little or no pay is really a “good deed,” the idea that individuals should be paid for work performed is not a new or novel concept. Read more…
With unpaid internship lawsuits popping up left and right, it’s a controversial time for both interns and intern employers everywhere. In fact, many are even sounding the death knell for internships altogether.
One internship program choosing to shut down rather than shape up is magazine publishing powerhouse Condé Nast.
To the shock of many, last month it became the first prestigious internship program to publicly close its doors to interns. The axe fell after the company lost a class-action lawsuit filed by two former interns claiming to have been paid less than $1 per hour during their time with the company. Read more…
By John E. Thompson
We have observed for some time now that the spate of wage-hour lawsuits might be expected drastically to curtail the availability of internships of both the unpaid and paid varieties.
Employment Law 360 reports that publisher Condé Nast has become the first of what will probably be many to decide that it will no longer make internships available.
As we noted in June, the publisher has been sued by former interns. According to Employment Law 360, “A Condé Nast spokeswoman confirmed (last week) that it would be ending its internship program but declined to shed any light on the rationale behind the company’s decision.” Read more…
Not all interns are cut from the same mold.
Some are fueled by their passion and flawlessly execute tasks with a smile on their face, while others tend to hide in their cubicle watching the clock tick as they’re assigned projects. And believe it or not, ending up with the latter is a lot more common than many would like to admit.
With the conversion rate for turning interns into full-time hires at an all-time high of 58.6 percent, landing outstanding interns is a must for companies across the board. Read more…
When you see a conference session titled Straight from the Source: What’s Really on the Minds of the New Generations of Top Candidates, well, it’s something you just have to hear.
Add in that fact that it is being led by Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler of CareerXroads, two very smart and savvy guys, and you can see why this not only played to a full house but was also a great way to kick off the second full day of the Fall 2013 ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo in Chicago.
The charm of this session — and it has been done at ERE conferences before — is that it gets bright, young in-demand job seekers (and some are newly hired) to talk about just what it is that they have experienced as interns and first-time job seekers, and how that plays with people of their generation. Read more…
By John E. Thompson
The unpaid intern ruckus continues to unfold, this time in a way that entangles President Obama.
As we observed back in March 2012, an unpaid White House intern might conclude that he or she is “engaged in the operations of the employer or . . . performing productive work,” activities which U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet #71 says would be viewed as federal Fair Labor Standards Act employment where a business is concerned.
Although a federal law says that the rights and protections of the FLSA apply to “covered employees” in presidential offices, the drafters expressly excluded interns. Read more…
In years past, offering paid internships may have been your secret ingredient to gaining the outstanding interest of intern candidates.
But today, the average salary for a bachelor’s degree intern is $16.26. This means simply paying your interns isn’t going to set you ahead of your competition.
With the legal requirement of mandatory minimum wage for all internship programs falling under the the Fair Labor Standards Act, it’s time for you to think outside the box when it comes to ensuring your internship program stands out to the best and brightest students in your industry. Read more…
It should be no big surprise that there are employees in this world who fall out of favor with their boss.
It should also come as no great surprise that frequently, the boss would like such employees to take a hike and go ply their trade somewhere else — usually as soon as possible.
So, that’s why the only really surprising thing about this latest CareerBuilder survey about boss-employee relationships is that it found that only “27 percent of bosses have a current direct report that they would like to see leave their company.”
What? Only 27 percent? That’s it? Geez, I’ve worked for people who seemingly would have liked to see 90 percent of the people working for them take a hike. Read more…
By John E. Thompson
We have repeatedly cautioned that employers who are prepared to take on unpaid interns should enter into these arrangements with their eyes fully open.
New developments emphasize this yet again.
The Fox Searchlight litigation
We reported in March 2012 that Fox Searchlight Pictures had been sued under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and New York law by unpaid interns who were claiming to be due wages and other sums. The court has now ruled this week, in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight, that at least two of these individuals were indeed “employees” for purposes of the FLSA and state law. Read more…
I get pimped constantly to write about companies and their products and I rarely do.
It’s not that I don’t like the companies, products or people – but it’s boring!
Recently, Katie Farrell was pimping me to write about her client InternMatch, and more specifically, a report they did called State of the Internship 2013 where they actually had some fun data to report — and one interesting data point I couldn’t turn down! Read more…