Unpaid internships grow in popularity, but labor laws loom

06/29/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

More small firms are offering unpaid summer internships, but business owners should be aware of labor laws and make sure they are providing an educational environment. Experts say interns should always be closely supervised and should complement current staff rather than replace employees. "I really want to teach someone something, to mentor someone, because it really worked for me," said Raven Kauffman, who is seeking an unpaid intern for her designer handbag business.

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