“…the circumstances under which a company can take on unpaid workers are defined, specific, and narrow. The Department of Labor says that in order to be legitimate under the Fair Labor Standards Act, unpaid internships must meet six stringent criteria, including providing training from which the company gets no immediate benefit (presumably ruling out coffee-fetching and envelope-licking) and not assigning interns to tasks that displace regular employees. What’s more, the federal criteria note, on a fundamental level the internship experience must be “for the benefit of the intern.”
Interesting article on the recent ruling in favor of an unpaid intern and other lawsuits that are pending.
Thoughts on this?