Stop unpaid internships

By Ben Brown

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The U.S. Labor Department rolled out new guidelines last week that facilitate the hiring of unpaid interns. Yep, our government is making it easier for companies to take advantage of experience-desperate young people, and not pay them for quality work.

The new rules roll back standards for what qualifies as an internship. Current guidelines say internship work should complement—not replace—existing work responsibilities (hence the infamous coffee-run). Under the new rules, if a company proves that the intern is “learning” or “benefiting,” then they can hire an intern to do legit work for the company and just not pay them. Those who are not wealthy are left behind in a job market that requires unpaid internships because they can’t afford not to be paid.

Considering you learn working just about anywhere, this is a pretty low bar. And learning doesn’t pay the rent, groceries, and student debt bills, thnx very much.

Tell the Secretary of Labor Acosta: the new guidelines for internships under the Fair Labor Standards Act are unfair to young people. They must be changed.

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