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  •  Huh! Under what law? Or is this snark? (1+ / 0-)
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    •  It's true. But rarely enforced. (2+ / 0-)
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      A Supreme Court case from the 1940s prompted the Labor Department to lay out a six-part test employers must meet in order to have unpaid workers. (The DOL used to call them “trainees” but changed the language to “interns” in April 2010). Among the requirements: The internship has to be similar to training in a school, it has to be “for the benefit of the intern,” the intern doesn’t displace paid workers and the employer “derives no immediate advantage” from the intern’s activities. In other words, the internship’s goal is to train and teach the intern, rather than to provide free labor for the employer. If the employer doesn’t meet those six criteria, it is supposed to pay the intern minimum wage or better.
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      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 10:44:19 AM PDT

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      •  Does this also apply to those working on (1+ / 0-)
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        election campaigns?

        Interestingly, there is a $2600 dollar limit on giving funds to a Federal campaign, but a person could donate their time that may be worth multiples of this limit if they work for free.

        The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

        by nextstep on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:08:57 PM PDT

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        •  I'm not an expert, but... (0+ / 0-)

          I think volunteering is volunteering, regardless of anything else. Just my guess.

          The key, I'm guessing, is the "displacing paid workers" part. If you're a volunteer, you're at most displacing another unpaid volunteer. Thus you don't meet all 6 of the criteria requiring payment.

          "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

          by HeyMikey on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 01:39:33 PM PDT

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      •  A law unenforced is nonexistent law. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        Please save a child's life. www.signon.org/sign/sarasota-sheriffs-office

        by kmfmstar on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 06:07:00 PM PDT

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