Flushing, NY asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York

Q: can i pay under the minimum wage if i teach skills and get credit for that as exchange?

I have eyelash extension salon, and i need more workers but there are very limited number of technicians avail to hire, then i started training and hire them once they master the skills, but there are bad people out there took advantage of me by getting paid $11/hr and once finished they work for someone else so called salon hoppers they want raise the pay all the time. or there are other people they open one themselves. so they are using me, they abandon me after sucking all of my knowledge, skills, money, time efforts, and my customers! i am sick of this. can i charge them $3500 for teaching my skills and let them pay from their salary? which naturally bring down the hourly pay below $11/hr i want to know is it legal to do that?

2 Lawyer Answers
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Tarrytown, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Never pay below minimum wage.

Never fail to pay overtime.

Never pay an employee as an independent contractor.

If you train people have them sign restrictive or non-compete covenants.

Speak with an employment lawyer. We can help businesses remain competitive and stay out of very costly federal lawsuits.

Barry Eran Janay agrees with this answer

  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Montclair, NJ
  • Licensed in New York

A: You would only be able to do this if it were for class credit from an accredited school and even then you would have to navigate a ton of rules to ensure that the internship program met certain standards. Best to just pay the wage / overtime and get the restrictive covenants.

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