Interns

Appeals Court Adds a New Wrinkle to the Unpaid Intern Question

By John E. Thompson Readers will recall that last July, the New York-based Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Connecticut, New York, and Vermont) adopted a “primary benefit” framework for determining whether a for-profit entity’s unpaid intern is or is not an “employee” for purposes of the federal Fair Labor…

The Serious (and Costly) Risks You Run by Using Unpaid Interns

By Louise Truong The scene is well-known and well-played out in movies, TV shows, and books: A young, haggard intern hurriedly fetches coffee, makes copies, and run errands for her boss. In exchange, she gets first-hand knowledge and exposure in a glamorous field, such as the fashion world, the movie business, or the…

Another Appeals Court Rejects the Labor Department’s Internship Test

Back in July, we reported that the New York-based Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Connecticut, New York, and Vermont) laid out seven non-exhaustive factors as part of a “primary beneficiary” analysis for evaluating whether unpaid interns are “employees” for purposes of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. In so doing,…

Another Appeals Court Criticizes the Labor Department’s 6-Factor Intern Test

By Eric B. Meyer Earlier this Summer, I blogged here about a decision by the New York-based Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in which the appellate court criticized the U.S. Department of Labor’s six-factor test for determining when to pay an intern. On Friday, the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta doubled…

Moderate Practices That Can Improve Your University Recruiting

As college recruiting heats up, it’s an ideal time to re-examine your strategy, processes, and recruiting methods. First update all of your existing approaches. But when you’re ready, add some brand-new tools to your mix. If your firm is not ready for bold and aggressive university recruiting approaches, this article provides an array…

Don’t Pass on Game-changer Candidates Who Are Still Rookies

Don’t Pass On Game-changer Candidates Who Are Still Rookies Professional sports lead the way in recruiting “game-changer” candidates who are only rookies, while in the corporate world, most of them are simply passed over. If you’re not familiar with the term “game changer,” they are high-impact hires who soon after joining a team, end up…

4 Hiring Lessons From Business Guru Michael Gerber

When I was afforded the opportunity to talk one-on-one with renowned business author Michael Gerber, I cleared my schedule. And of course I asked him about hiring. Gerber is the author of the best-selling E-Myth series along with Awakening The Entrepreneur Within and The Most Successful Small Business In The World. In 2010,…

Appellate Court Throws Out Labor Department’s Internship Test

By Eric B. Meyer If you thought you knew when to pay (or not pay) an intern, think again. A federal appellate court just blew up the U.S. Department of Labor’s spot. Allow me to explain. The Labor Department’s six-part internship test In 1947, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that certain unpaid workers should…

Top 5 Ways Employers Can Find the Best Summer and Fall Interns

With summer right around the corner, attracting the best interns is an important part of an overall recruiting strategy for companies to win the war for talent. Many companies look for interns who show potential of becoming full-time employees, and therefore keep their future hiring needs in mind when recruiting their student interns….

Tech Insights: How Technology Can Help Internships, Youth Employment

It’s a great tragedy that so many young people graduate from post-secondary education with no on-ramp to a career. Many young people study law, teaching or medicine not because it is their calling but because those are the only programs with a clear line of sight to a job. I’m wondering if HR…

Unpaid Intern Group Certified by Court For Collective Action

By John E. Thompson After more than a year of litigation (the filing which we reported here), former unpaid Gawker Media interns will be permitted to send notices to other unpaid or allegedly underpaid interns to inform those potential plaintiffs of the lawsuit and of the opportunity to join the proceedings. The judge…

Improve the ROI of Internships

It is becoming more difficult for companies to convert interns into full-time hires. Companies need to re-assess how they structure these programs in order to maintain a good return on investment. The most recent sources of hire survey by CareerXroads found that of the interns who companies wanted to hire at the end…

What Is an Intern? The Labor Dept. Lists the 6 Factors That Define One

By John E. Thompson We wrote some time ago about a lower federal court’s determination in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures that at least two unpaid interns were “employees” for federal Fair Labor Standards Act purposes. This ruling is now being reviewed by the New York-based Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction…

Creative Ways to Keep Your Interns Working for You

What’s the difference between university and experienced hire recruiting? It’s more than just the age of the applicants. The purpose of university recruiting is generally not to immediately fill a job or internship. It is to build your employment brand on campus in front of students who will apply to your company’s entry-level…

3 Questions You Need to Ask Before You Hire an Intern

Internship programs, when done properly, can provide a great amount of value to both the intern and the company hiring them. If both parties go into an internship with the right attitude, lifelong relationships can be forged to the benefit of everyone involved. If you find yourself wondering, “Should I hire an intern?”…