Hiring Unpaid Interns

Business By louanne Updated 17 Jul 2011 , 6:18pm by bakingpw

louanne Posted 15 Jul 2011 , 6:30pm
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okay so those of you that hire unpaid interns (surely there is someone that does) i have a few questions.

does it usually work pretty well
how long does the unpaid part last and when do you start paying them or offer them a job or are they cut loose at the internship end

do you have them sign some kind of a noncompete clause.

we are getting inquirys about internships and i am trying to decide if i want to accept one and how to handle it.

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scp1127 Posted 16 Jul 2011 , 3:34am
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In most areas, you must provide worker's comp for the intern even though they are unpaid. Also, no-competes are illegal in most areas, and for the ones that are legal, they are complex and need to be done by an employment attorney.

bakingpw Posted 17 Jul 2011 , 6:18pm
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I have had several non-paid interns. For the most part they have worked out and have served in measuring/mixing roles. Twice I hired at the end if their internship - typically 3 months. Twice I fired , yep even though they were free!

Yes, you have to have work mans comp. I also provided their lunch. I also had them sign a paper saying they would not use/copy my recipes.

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