Youth Services Law

Showing 3 posts from October 2019.

Student or Employee: DOL’s Relaxed Standard for Internships

Interns and volunteers in program

Now that school has started, I’ve received more questions about training programs and unpaid internships. Most questions have come from employers, but some have come from private schools that would like to incorporate more career and technical training into their programs. The federal rules are more amenable to such programs than they have been in decades. Nevertheless, there are restrictions that we should in mind.

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Late Bloomers Do Fine

Group of teenagers at high school

It’s a strong stereotype that well-adjusted teenagers date and develop romantic relationships, and only socially maladjusted kids don’t do the same. A recent study of teenagers turns that stereotype on its head. It looked at the social development of young people who delayed dating until after high school. The researchers were surprised to discover that the teens were not maladjusted, but actually did better in some measures than their early-dating peers.

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Having a Treating Therapist Serve As a Forensic Witness Is Rarely a Good Idea

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Definition of Witness

I often find myself in a case opposing a party who has designated his or her or a child's treating therapist as an expert witness on various forensic issues. This arrangement is rarely, if ever, a good idea. I understand the temptation to save money by hiring one person instead of two. However, a treating therapist who tries to serve as an expert forensic witness faces an ethical conflict that can completely undercut both roles.

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