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Getting Farm Work Done Legally With Interns, Apprentices, And Volunteers

Broadcast Date: March 02, 2015
Chapter 1
What is Farm Commons, what are we learning today, and how will we learn it.
Chapter 2
 6 Criteria for an Unpaid Internship
Learn the federal government's guidelines for when an intern doesn't fall under minimum wage laws
Chapter 3
 Farmer Perspectives
Julia Asherman of Rag and Frass Farm shares her perspective on farm interns
Chapter 4
Apprentices, in common usage, function the same as interns for minimum wage law
Chapter 5
 For-Profit Volunteers
Can a for-profit business have a volunteer? That's a tough one.
Chapter 6
 Non-profit Volunteers
Discover the limits on when and how nonprofits can use unpaid volunteers.
Chapter 7
 Food and Lodging as Wages
Understand the regulations affecting when and how wages can be paid out as lodging or food.
Chapter 8
 Travel and International Volunteering
Many farmers host international and domestic volunteers on their farms. Employment laws may still apply.
Chapter 9
 Bartering and Employment
Bartering can be a great alternative to employment, but tax laws may still apply.

Maybe you’ve heard the rumors. Using interns, apprentices, and volunteers is legally complicated and farms have gotten steep fines for doing it wrong. Get out ahead of the curve and build a legally compliant intern or volunteer program for your farm. Farmers will walk away with a better idea of the role education programming and signed agreements play in building legal legitimacy. We’ll also delve into the complicated world of in-kind wages: farm product or lodging offered to workers as wages. This tutorial is an advanced follow-up to our basic farm employment law webinar.


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