Library to hold career advice seminar on Oct. 7

MOUNTAINSIDE — The Scotch Plains and Mountainside Public Libraries’ Career Networking Group presents “Are you working for free? Don’t be taken advantage of: become a smart job seeker and learn your rights” on Monday, Oct. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mountainside Public Library.

The plot of the The Internship, a recent comedy film starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, centers on the two middle-age men being laid off from their jobs as watch salesmen when their employer goes out of business. They apply for an internship at Google, then spend the summer competing against other interns for coveted jobs. Sound familiar?

Our challenging job market has inspired a spike in so-called adult internships and other unpaid volunteer positions. Should employers pay you for your time? What are your rights under New Jersey’s employment law? How do you protect your interests and add relevant experience to your resume?

Employment lawyer Fred Shahrooz Scampato has been practicing law since 1991. He is currently involved in numerous civil litigations including several complex employment law cases against governmental agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Scampato is the author of several law articles on criminal law and employment discrimination in the work place. He is an active lecturer and an adjunct professor of business law at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Scampato will explain the latest court rulings on internships and review other important considerations for job hunters, such as employment contracts, noncompete clauses, signing bonuses and intellectual property ownership.

RSVP to the Mountainside library at 908-233-0115. The library is located at 1 Constitution Plaza, Mountainside. This program is free and open to the public.

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