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Justice C. Bigler

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Re: CL truth in advertising
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2011, 12:21:38 pm »

Yeah, but how many times have kids asked for advice here about how to get into the business and they've been advised to work for free (pushing cases, sweeping floors, etc.) just to get their foot in door and show that they are serious?

I have offered the above advice on many occasions, but it has never been with the understanding that someone, even a n00b, would work for free. A lower wage, or fewer benefits, yes, but work is work in my book and should be paid. Also, most of the time I have advised people to seek entry level employment opportunities through the IATSE call list in their area. No one on the IATSE payroll works for free. Period.

Free or volunteer work is what school is for (and maybe church). If you are working on a production in a professional environment, you should be paid, no matter what your level of experience is. Companies and job heads who say that you have to work for free to prove you are capable/worth keeping/serious about the work are the scum of the earth and promote nothing other than slavery.
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Re: CL truth in advertising
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2011, 12:46:30 pm »

For anyone trying to play the intern card. I present the government rules

I owned a business that employed over 100 people and understand employment law at least as well as the average bear and I have to ask:

Has there ever, in the history of any company, anywhere, ever, been an intern program that did not violate term number 4? 

4.   The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;

I understand why it's written that way, but in reality, if an intern is actually learning and interacting on a daily basis, they will cause immediate benefit to/for the organization from time to time whether it's intentional or not.


    Some specialty Diamond cutting.... there is no immediate benefit to the organization because the intern/trainee would need to be constantly supervised by a trained diamond cutter.  If he messes up, it costs the company money in lost product.
   I'm sure there's others...   ;D

Do it the right way....don't be a Dino!
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