Many college students and recent graduates will partake in summer internships in the coming months in New Jersey. Internship programs are a great way for students to become introduced to the working world and gain experience. Unfortunately, in recent years there have been numerous lawsuits filed accusing employers of taking advantage of energetic interns who are eager to work.
A number of employers decline to pay their interns due to a federal exclusion under which interns generally do not need to earn wages if the internship is an educational experience. However, if the employer stands to gain as much or more from the experience than the intern, the intern should probably be classified as a paid employee.