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Working for Free?: Legal Requirements for Paying Interns and Volunteers in the Creative and Startup Spaces

  • Shutts and Bowen, LLC 201 S Biscayne Blvd, #1500 Miami, FL 33131 (map)

Interns and volunteers are essential to many businesses in the arts, nonprofit, and startup sectors. But just calling someone an "intern" doesn't necessarily make her one under the law. In some circumstances, individuals who are labeled as “interns” or “volunteers” are actually considered “employees” for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the employer must, among other things, pay minimum wage. Employers who ignore these distinctions risk significant liability in back wages. For example, last October, NBC reached a settlement for $6.4 million dollars with former "interns."

Join LegalLink for a presentation by Lauren Fernandez and Daniel Stabile, attorneys at Shutts and Bowen LLP, regarding the requirements to be considered an "intern" or "volunteer," when employers must pay minimum wage, and a discussion of the unsettled issue of whether the FLSA applies in the non-profit context. A Q&A session will follow.

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