Tread cautiously when hiring unpaid interns

Summer provides an opportune time for students to receive real-life experience in the workplace and for companies to reap the benefits of unpaid interns' enthusiasm (and free labor). Right? Maybe. But employers with unpaid internships must follow the rules provided by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Otherwise, the individual your company has classified as an unpaid intern may actually be an employee who is entitled to wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and protections from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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