Last year when Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg posted an unpaid internship position for her Lean In Foundation (a non profit that exhorts women to in and ask for more pay, responsibility and power in the workplace), reaction on social media was swift. It was ironic that Sandberg, who had just sold Facebook stock for more than $90 million, was advertising for unpaid labour, requiring applicants to back just a bit and work for free.It a debate that continues today, especially in Ontario where the provincial labour ministry recently shut down unpaid internship programs at two magazines(The Walrus and Toronto Life) prompting other publishers to follow suit.The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) Canada largest HR association and the regulator of the HR profession in Ontario surveyed its 20,000 members learn how they (as professionals who oversee internships) feel about unpaid internships. Do unpaid internships provide a valuable opportunity to get a foot in the door of a chosen profession or are they sheer exploitation?Seventy six per cent of respondents said that, regardless of whether they think unpaid internships are right or wrong, they are concerned about the issue either because they believe that doing away with unpaid internships would mean lost opportunities for young people to gain valuable and much needed experience, or because they consider them exploitative.Exactly half of respondents said there is a place for unpaid internships, and that they provide young people with important work experience, as well as an opportunity to build networks and acquire important, transferable, skills.
Creativity pick of the day: A new album from MGM Resorts re imagines classic wedding songs with an LGBT twist. As Ad Age’s Ann Christine Diaz writes, the album, created out of McCann for MGM, includes Bob Dylan proclaiming his love for a man as he covers classic torch song “He’s Funny That Way.” Kesha, St. Vincent, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Valerie June and Death Cab for Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard also made tracks for the album.
His own team has looked past his on field production and has refused to pay him his entire $6 million marketing bonus, claiming the accomplishments of the two time admitted steroid user are unmarketable. Anti Doping Agency’s allegations against him, Nike, Trek, Radio Shack, Anheuser Busch and Oakley all cut ties with the cycling champion, citing morals clauses. Similarly, MasterCard, KFC and Charles Schwab parted ways with Bonds in 2003 by invoking endorsement contract morals clauses once Bonds became embroiled in the BALCO steroid scandal..