March 21, 2014

As summer approaches, many businesses are receiving applications and requests from students for internships. In fact, many businesses have internship programs that not only offer students opportunities to increase their practical knowledge and experience, but also provide the business with an opportunity to evaluate these soon-to-be graduates to help identify individuals who can meet its business and customer demands.

When creating internship positions and programs, one of the main areas of concern that needs to be addressed is whether the interns can be unpaid, or whether they must receive compensation for their services. There has recently been an increase in collective action litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) brought by individuals claiming to be misclassified as "unpaid interns," and seeking past wages.

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