Congressman Calls Out White House on Use of Unpaid Interns

After the Department of Labor (DOL) announced recently that  it would be cracking down on the use of unpaid interns at "for-profit" institutions, labor law pundits began questioning the emphasis on "for-profit."

Turns out that the White House is adrift with unpaid interns, and no one particularly wants the DOL snooping around in such hallowed grounds.

However, Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has sent a letter to the White House for clarification on the executive department's use of these interns.

A federal statute exempts students from federal employee status, thus allowing them to be unpaid interns, but White House interns include many non-students, bringing up the question of whether the DOL's ultimate overseer is himself breaking wage-and-hour laws.

Thus far, there has been no answer from the Obama folk to Issa's letter.

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