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Interns, Volunteers, or Employees? Employers Need to Be Sure They Aren't Getting Too Much of a Good Thing

May 2010
Employment Law Notes
The economic climate in the past few years has resulted in a glut of students, recent graduates, and even seasoned workers vying for unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities that will provide experience and possibly lead to a paid position in a field of their choice. Although this may appear to be a boon for employers, the parameters for unpaid internships and volunteer positions must be met, or the individuals involved may be deemed employees entitled to minimum wages and overtime, as well as basic benefits such as workers’ compensation and unemployment coverage.