New Federal Guidelines On Internships

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.