The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new guidelines employers must meet in order to use unpaid interns. The guidelines shift many traditional internships into the temporary staffing category for for-profit businesses, which are now subject to fair wage laws and taxation requirements.
If an employer uses interns as substitutes or to augment its existing workforce, interns must be paid at least the minimum wage and overtime compensation. If interns are later hired by the company, their internship is now viewed as trial employment and must be paid.
Additional information on the new guidelines is available here and here.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.