Internship Rules Are Still an Unfair Mess

Who gets paid and why? Judges' ruling fails to clear that up.

Don't expect a paycheck.

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Last week’s federal appellate decision on the employment status of summer interns has excited quite a controversy. In Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit softened considerably the impact of the Labor Department’s 2010 guidance on when interns of for-profit companies have to be paid. In particular, the panel ruled that interns need not be paid when they rather than the companies are the primary beneficiaries of the internship.

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