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Labor and Employment Alert: Is your business ready for summer interns?

With summer fast approaching, it’s a frequently asked question: “Do we have to pay an intern?” To determine the answer, employers must be sure to review the applicable wage and hour laws that govern the use of unpaid interns, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The FLSA defines the term “employ” very broadly as including to “suffer or permit to work.” Accordingly, individuals who are “suffered or permitted” to work must be compensated under the law for the services they perform for an employer. Thus, whether or not an internship in the “for-profit” private sector will require compensation, is determined by whether the intern is considered an “employee” under the FLSA. 

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