If you’re among those who think interns and volunteers all work for free, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) says, think again.
More student interns are entering the job market than ever. Internships were deemed the “new entry-level job” by Time magazine in 2018. But just as internships have risen in popularity, so have the number of FLSA violations concerning the payment of interns and volunteers.
The fact of the matter is interns deserve to be paid if they’re benefiting your company in any way. This is especially so if that benefit outweighs the educational experience they’re earning. If you’re using interns for free labor, your business may be violating federal guidelines on compensating interns and volunteers.
As with most FLSA regulations, the rules around interns and volunteers can be tricky to navigate. And they depend on the intern or volunteer’s age, responsibilities, and work hours, among other criteria. So we reached out to top employment experts to get the answers to your toughest questions about interns and volunteers.1