Saturday, April 3, 2010

Growth of Unpaid Internships May Be Illegal, Officials Say

From the New York Times
by STEVEN GREENHOUSE
Published: April 2, 2010

Convinced that many unpaid internships violate minimum wage laws, officials in Oregon, California and other states have begun investigations and fined employers. Last year, M. Patricia Smith, then New York’s labor commissioner, ordered investigations into several firms’ internships. Now, as the federal Labor Department’s top law enforcement official, she and the wage and hour division are stepping up enforcement nationwide. . . .

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