More Than Free Labor: 5 Things to Know About Hiring Interns


Hiring interns can be great for a small business; they are cheap, ambitious and filled with youthful energy. They also can be a labor law nightmare!

Five things to know about hiring interns–paid or unpaid.

Hiring Interns
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Hiring interns can be a significant labor resource for small business; they are cheap, motivated and can bring a fresh, youthful perspective to a company.

What is the best thing about hiring interns?  Some of them even work free! Unpaid interns can be a place where some employment problems arise.

Employers have to be extremely careful with hiring unpaid interns. This has been an increasing amount of attention to unpaid interns since the U.S. Department of Labor and some states are beginning to crack down on hiring and pay abuses.

States like Oregon, California, and New York are beginning to cast a more critical eye on unpaid interns, following up with aggressive enforcement.

What is the best way to make sure your internship program (paid or unpaid) conforms to labor laws? Five things you need to know:

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Top Ten: Legal Tips for Hospitality HR


In this litigious society, the hospitality industry—perhaps more than any other segment—has been the subject of numerous lawsuits, both frivolous and legitimate.

Hospitality HRNewsFor small business owners and HR professionals, changes in the legal landscape mean that you need constant vigilance to protect your company and stay out of court.

Although nothing can replace formal legal advice from a qualified attorney, here are some suggestions for hospitality HR, so your company can keep on the right side of the law:   Continue reading “Top Ten: Legal Tips for Hospitality HR”

Social Media Compliance: Tough But Necessary


Is social media in the workplace a good idea? Can it even be controlled?

Social media—like Facebook and Twitter—is perfect for keeping in touch with old friends and sharing details of daily life. It certainly helps people stay connected with friends, relatives and customers.

However, expressing personal opinions online may become an example of TMI—too much information. That is when social networks become at odds with ethical business practices. In extreme cases, a tweet or Facebook post can be something akin to insider trading. Continue reading “Social Media Compliance: Tough But Necessary”