HR professionals have been struggling with wage and hour class-action lawsuits brought by interns claiming they were misclassified and entitled to wages for their work as employees. Now, in light of the new United States Department of Labor Unpaid vs. Paid Intern ‘Test’ requirement guidelines, those companies that ceased their unpaid internship programs in response to an avalanche of lawsuits may want to consider reinstating their internship programs, particularly if they can make some adjustments based on the new test as discussed below.
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