Have Legal Questions? Ask a Lawyer Now.
Good afternoon. I'll be assisting you with your question.
To answer your question directly, yes, it is perfectly legal to accept an employee and not pay them. Typically, this is done through an internship.
the issue is, these people are not in school
so I can't give them credit. Aren't internships just for students?
That's OK. Typically an internship is through a school, but that is not required. People frequently work internships just for experience.
Of course, if you aren't paying someone, you don't have as much control over them, but there isn't anything illegal about it.
I see. So I should probably have them sign an agreement outlining the agreement to work without pay. Do you recomend a site where I can get an agreement like this free?
Good information so far -- thank you!
You can try this:
Thank you so much!
I think you have answered all of my questions
Glad to help.
Have a great afternoon!
If there isn't anything else I can do for you, please remember to "rate" my answer. Good luck with your business!
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).