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Hello! We are an unfunded start up and a number of people

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Hello! We are an unfunded start up and a number of people have contacted us for work opportunities. When we tell them we do not have funding to hire them, many are willing to work for free to build their resume. Is it legal to accept free work?

TexLawyer :

Good afternoon. I'll be assisting you with your question.

Customer:

great!

TexLawyer :

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.

Customer:

the issue is, these people are not in school

Customer:

so I can't give them credit. Aren't internships just for students?

TexLawyer :

That's OK. Typically an internship is through a school, but that is not required. People frequently work internships just for experience.

TexLawyer :

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.

Customer:

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?

Customer:

Good information so far -- thank you!

TexLawyer :

You can try this:

Customer:

great!

Customer:

Thank you so much!

Customer:

I think you have answered all of my questions

TexLawyer :

Glad to help.

Customer:

Have a great afternoon!

TexLawyer :

If there isn't anything else I can do for you, please remember to "rate" my answer. Good luck with your business!

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