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Last week’s question: Does your business partner with a local school(s) for intern candidates? Tell us why or why not.

Yes — 67 percent

No — 33 percent

From our LinkedIn group:

 

Yes we have and for the most part it has been a good experience. Helps the student get some real world experience and helps us get some of the basic work done without tieing up a staff person.

—Tim Crouser

No. I invite folks to visit our website to review wage and hour ramifications for private businesses utilizing interns. www.skarlatoszonarich.com. Under both federal and state law, work is defined very broadly, and can include efforts by interns. Unless interns only shadow, private sector employers may face unexpected wage and hour liability.

Having cautioned private sector employers. let me say that I stated my career as an intern with The James A. Finnegan Foundation, and believe internships are extremely valuable. In the private sector, I would recommend payment of minimum wage to interns and limitation of overtime to avoid problems. There are some nasty class action lawsuits pending against major private sector employers for unpaid use of interns

Government and non-profits may have a bit more latitude for use of interns without payment.

Shadowing arrangements with schools for very short periods also have value.

—Kathy Speaker MacNett

This week’s question:

Is it difficult for you to find qualified candidates when your company has job openings? Tell us why or why not.

To answer, visit www.CPBJ.com.

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