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Beware the perils of using unpaid interns


With so many young people hungry for job opportunities – and so many employers under pressure to contain costs – some may see unpaid internships as a win-win solution.

But there may be costs associated with seeking free help, including potential legal risks, if your internship arrangements fail to pass muster with employment legislation.

The risks of using unpaid interns have been in the spotlight lately following a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge that found Fox Searchlight Pictures violated labour laws when it used unpaid interns for basic production tasks on one of its films. Other U.S. employers, including Condé Nast and Hearst Corporation are currently facing similar lawsuits and experts suggest this may be just the beginning of this type of legal action.



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