Why Most Unpaid Internships are Illegal.

Intern Pay Law Center - California

Berry picking intern - Library of Congress photoSince its enactment in 1938, Minimum wage has been referred to as a “cornerstone” of our federal labor laws.  The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.  29 USC § 206.   California’s minimum wage is $8.00 per hour rising to $9.00 by July 2014, and $10.00 by January 2016.  Even if an employee voluntarily agrees to work for less, the employer is still liable to the employee for the minimum wage (plus penalties if he paid less).  

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