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  • Healthcare IT Interoperability
    USA Healthcare IT Degree Catalog
    The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, (CAHIIM), is the only recognized accrediting body for Health Informatics. CAHIIM has independent authority in all actions pertaining to accreditation of educational programs in Health Informatics and Health Information Management.

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  • Healthcare IT Interoperability
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  • Thinking of Unpaid Interns? Recent Court Ruling Restricts Ability to Use Unpaid Interns.
    An employer must pay an intern at least the minimum wage unless the internship experience passes these six rules issued by the DOL:
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      The work performed (the DOL refers to it as training) is an extension of a trade studied by the student. Even though the intern works on, or from, the business or organization worksite, the work must be "similar to training which would be given in an educational environment."
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      The training is for the benefit of the student intern.
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      The intern does not replace regular employees, but instead works under close observation of employees.
    • 4
      The employer derives no immediate advantage from the student intern's activities. In fact, "on occasion [the employer's] operations may actually be impeded."
    • 5
      The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship. The employer holds out no promise of future employment.
    • 6
      The employer and the intern both understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

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  • So what is a legal unpaid internship?

    "For people to be designated as interns, and not paid, Department of Labor (DOL) regulations basically stipulate that the work they do must be for their benefit, not the employer's. That means the employer cannot use interns to replace regular staff that have left the company or are on vacation. An intern's work must be similar to what he or she would get as part of an education program, and must be closely supervised by the employer. The intern must understand that she won't be paid and that the internship won't necessarily lead to a job after he or she graduates from college. (See right-hand box for more information about the DOL rules.) Alex Footman, one of the lead plaintiffs in the Fox Searchlight suit, stated his duties as an unpaid intern included making and serving coffee, taking lunch orders and cleaning the office -- not chores that benefited him or bore any similarity to an education program. Eric Glatt, the other lead plaintiff, stated his internship required him to prepare purchase orders, travel to production sets to get documents signed and do other chores that would normally be done by an employee."
    Source: Bizactions

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