Articles tagged 'internships'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

What Is an Intern? The Labor Dept. Lists the 6 Factors That Define One

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By John E. Thompson

We wrote some time ago about a lower federal court’s determination in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures that at least two unpaid interns were “employees” for federal Fair Labor Standards Act purposes.

This ruling is now being reviewed by the New York-based Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Connecticut, New York, and Vermont). The U.S. Department of Labor has submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in which it supports the lower court’s decision.

The Labor Department’s filing provides some interesting insight into its views about when an intern is an “employee” for purposes of the FLSA’s requirements. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

3 Questions You Need to Ask Before You Hire an Intern

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Internship programs, when done properly, can provide a great amount of value to both the intern and the company hiring them.

If both parties go into an internship with the right attitude, lifelong relationships can be forged to the benefit of everyone involved.

If you find yourself wondering, “Should I hire an intern?” then ask yourself these three (3) questions: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Opposition Is Growing to Unpaid Internships for College Credit

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By John E. Thompson

We have already reported that a group calling itself the “Fair Pay Campaign” aims to pressure colleges and universities not to facilitate unpaid internships or even post notices about them.

This initiative appears to be gaining momentum. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

The Heat Is Getting Turned Up on Academic-Sponsored Internships

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By John E. Thompson

We have long warned that one should not simply assume that an internship associated with or sponsored by an educational institution falls outside of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s requirements.

Our caution includes situations in which the intern receives academic credit for the time spent working. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

Wage & Hour Watch: Cheerleader Lawsuits and Hypocrisy on Intern Pay

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By John E. Thompson

Some recent headline items touch upon matters of continuing concern when it comes to wage & hour issues:

Hypocrisy on minimum wage

The Employment Policies Institute has highlighted what it calls Maximum Hypocrisy on the Minimum Wage among 96 percent of the Senate and House sponsors of bills to raise the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s current rate.

According to EPI, this is the proportion of increase-supporting legislators who do not pay their interns. One of them is Iowa Sen.Tom Harkin, principal sponsor of the Senate measure, who has been among the most-visible proponents of the bills and who has castigated those of a different view in harsh terms. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

New Year, New Settlement: Another Big Payout Over Unpaid Interns

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By John E. Thompson

As was anticipated in light of the intensified focus upon internships over three years ago, the next stage was a spate of high-profile lawsuits by unpaid or allegedly underpaid interns under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and/or state wage-hour laws.

One of them was filed last May against Elite Model Management Corporation under the FLSA and similar New York state laws.

Elite has now agreed to tender as much as $450,000 to settle the litigation. Payment to an individual who elects to participate in the settlement will generally be based upon how many weeks he or she devoted to the internship. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

What the Affordable Care Act Means For Your Internship Program

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Here’s a question I bet you never thought you’d ask yourself: Will I have to provide health insurance to my interns?

With the Affordable Care Act changing the way employers provide health benefits to their staff, it’s a valid concern.

At what point should you, if at all, provide health coverage to your interns? Will the ACA mean you may face legal ramifications if you don’t provide benefits? Or is it matter of looking at your internship program and adjusting as needed?

I talked to Mike Haberman, a legal expert and co-founder of Omega HR Solutions, to gain some insight on this unusual take of the ACA. Here are some thoughts: Read more…

Best of TLNT

The Top Reasons You Probably End Up Hiring Mediocre Interns

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Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of this past year. This is No. 48. Our regular content will return in January.

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…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Intern or Employee? It Depends on Whether They Hinder or Help

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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…

Legal Issues, Recruiting and Staffing

What You Should Do to Have a Viable (and Legal) Internship Program

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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…