Farm Commons Resource: Managing Risks of Interns and Volunteers

This guide will explain the laws behind interns and volunteers. It also provides insights and strategies to help farmers reduce liability risks related to interns and volunteers. https://farmcommons.org/resources/managing-risks-interns-and-volunteers

Although titles like “volunteer,” “intern,” or “apprentice” convey a positive working environment, the fact that these workers do the work on the farm means employment laws generally apply. Such laws may include obligations to provide minimum wage, workers’ compensation, and contribute payroll taxes— depending on whether state or federal agricultural labor exemptions apply.

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