Interns And A Legal Home Business

Business By pinkpiggie78 Updated 30 Aug 2010 , 5:15am by CWR41

pinkpiggie78 Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 6:40pm
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Just wondering if anyone has or had an intern at your home based business. A college girl was interested last year, but I was preggo and working part-time elsewhere so I didn't even take the time to consider it. I would love to have someone to help out even if it is only making buttercream, cleaning up, coloring fondant, etc.

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jason_kraft Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 6:55pm
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We had an unpaid intern a few months ago until we hired her for part-time help. We run our business out of a commercial kitchen as CA does not allow home-based bakeries, but states that do allow them may not allow employees from outside the house to work for the business, so you may want to check up on that.

If you do hire an intern, make sure to get worker's comp coverage. And if you pay the intern, you will need to set up payroll and make sure you have withholding set up correctly and are paying the appropriate taxes.

pinkpiggie78 Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 7:06pm
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Thanks Jason... this was definately going to be an unpaid position icon_smile.gif

Ruth0209 Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 4:28am
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Check with your business insurer to make sure others are covered. Even unpaid, you have liability for injuries.

CWR41 Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 4:50am
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Check with your business insurer to make sure others are covered. Even unpaid, you have liability for injuries.




Great advice!

In some states, you aren't required to carry worker's comp unless you have more than a certain number of employees, so it might not apply to your business.

jason_kraft Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 4:57am
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In some states, you aren't required to carry worker's comp unless you have more than a certain number of employees, so it might not apply to your business.



Even if you aren't required to carry this coverage, you should definitely do so. If your intern slips and falls in your kitchen and ends up with tens of thousands of dollars of medical bills, you are on the hook for those medical bills if you don't have worker's comp coverage.

CWR41 Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 5:15am
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Originally Posted by CWR41

In some states, you aren't required to carry worker's comp unless you have more than a certain number of employees, so it might not apply to your business.


Even if you aren't required to carry this coverage, you should definitely do so. If your intern slips and falls in your kitchen and ends up with tens of thousands of dollars of medical bills, you are on the hook for those medical bills if you don't have worker's comp coverage.




Sure, the safe thing to do is to have it because we all know that anyone can sue for any reason... but it doesn't mean that they will win.

One of my employees stabbed his own arm with a knife. Was it an accident? Nobody really knows for sure. Were we liable? No, but we weren't sued either. We offered to pay for half of the hospital bill, but it wasn't too expensive so he declined.

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