Rules still apply for adult interns

04/8/2010 | TIME (subscription required)

More jobless professionals are willing to take unpaid internships, but the Labor Department rules are clear -- no matter what their age, these interns must be provided with real training and not used as a way to just cut costs, legal experts say. "It can be very tempting if you're laying off employees to bring in free help and call it an internship," says John Kniering, director of career services for the University of Hartford.

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