Your HR & People Operations Questions, AnsweredI am a single member LLC looking for interns to help with marketing. Can I pay them as a contractor or as a W-2? Or should I consider unpaid interns for less legal headache?
HR Questions>I am a single member LLC looking for interns to help with marketing. Can I pay them as a contractor or as a W-2? Or should I consider unpaid interns for less legal headache?

I am a single member LLC looking for interns to help with marketing. Can I pay them as a contractor or as a W-2? Or should I consider unpaid interns for less legal headache?

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Tara asked 11 months ago

1 Answer
Jean replied 11 months ago
Hi Tara, I’ve included a couple Workest guides that cover the topic of hiring interns:

https://www.zenefits.com/workest/hiring-interns-for-your-small-business/

https://www.zenefits.com/workest/unpaid-internships-legal-employers-guide/

The Department of Labor’s “primary beneficiary test” outlines unpaid interns must be receiving training that is similar to what would occur in an actual educational (classroom/lab) environment. Both articles above include information about the test.

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