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Posted on April 20, 2018

A well-designed internship program can be a win-win for both the intern and the organization. Although unpaid internships at nonprofits are generally permissible, there is a risk that interns could be considered employees covered by federal minimum wage and overtime laws! Some new guidance from the Department of Labor can help nonprofits assess whether their internship program is properly structured.

During this webinar, our speaker helps nonprofits understand:
– How interns are different from employees and volunteers;
– Based on these changes in the law, what new requirements are there for internship programs; and
– What should your nonprofit consider as it sets up its interns?

Presenter: Amy E. Jensen of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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Posted on January 17, 2018

Guidance for Nonprofits Seeking to Use Unpaid Interns

Unpaid interns are often an asset to nonprofits, bringing with them a desire to learn and a passion for the cause of the organization. Although unpaid internships can benefit all involved and are generally permissible in the nonprofit arena, nonprofits should approach these relationships with some degree of caution, taking care to ensure that the primary benefits of the internship accrue to the intern, rather than to the organization. Care must be taken to ensure the required criteria for unpaid internships are met. If the criteria are not satisfied, interns could be employees of the organization who are covered by the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). In January of 2018, the United States Department of Labor (US DOL) updated its test for determining when an internship can be unpaid. This article provides guidance about how to determine if your interns can be unpaid under the new test adopted by the US DOL.

Posted on August 6, 2014

For a lot of nonprofit organizations, summertime means an influx of interns. Nonprofits are often not prepared to pay their interns a regular salary, and interns are often willing to take unpaid positions to gain valuable experience. Although unpaid internship programs may be acceptable, nonprofits should take care to meet certain criteria or risk having their interns be considered employees covered by federal minimum wage and overtime laws.

During this 30-minute webinar, our speaker provides an overview of:

• The ways in which interns are different from employees and volunteers.
• What requirements exist for internship programs.
• What steps you should take before providing internships.
• Tips to avoid an employer-employee relationship.

Presenter: Amy Jensen, Paul Hastings LLP

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