Internship Review

Gray Plant Mooty is pleased to offer an affordable proactive approach to managing employer risk. Our approach to compliance reviews combines our legal expertise and perspective with a practical business viewpoint. We candidly review the strengths and weaknesses of your current practices and policies, identify any risk areas, and provide constructive recommendations.  Each compliance review in our series is offered at a customized flat rate with a comprehensive evaluation of your company’s policies, practices, and procedures.

Internship programs can be beneficial to interns and employers alike. But to the unwary employer, these programs may also be a source of potential liability. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers may be required to compensate interns for the services provided. However, determining whether an intern needs to be paid can be confusing, and getting it wrong can lead to costly litigation and administrative penalties. A standard review will typically include some or all of the following:

  • A pre-review meeting to discuss your internship program and business needs so that we can customize an appropriate compliance audit
     
  • A review of intern classifications and identification of areas of risk
     
  • A close examination of the internship program, including its structure, requirements, agreements, effects on regular employees and business operations, benefits, and past experiences
     
  • A detailed written report containing findings and analysis of how well your current practices, policies, and systems comply with applicable laws governing intern classification

To learn more about this program, contact Carl Crosby Lehmann at 612.632.3234 or carl.lehmann@gpmlaw.com, Dorraine Larison at 320.202.5331 or dorraine.larison@gpmlaw.com or any Employment Law Practice Group member.

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