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Free Employment Law Workshop and Internship Fair for Farms and Small Businesses at Sterling College

16 Sterling Drive
Craftsbury Common, VT

Free Employment Law Workshop and Internship Fair
for Farms and Small Businesses at Sterling College

February 9, 2016 • Craftsbury Common, VT • Farms and small businesses are often interested in hiring employees and interns, but can get confused as to how to stay compliant with state and federal laws and regulations.

To address these concerns, Sterling College is hosting a free employment law workshop on Wednesday, February 24, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the Career Resource Center on the second floor of the Dunbar Dining Hall. The workshop is tailored to farms and food-based businesses who are new to hiring employees, but any small business is welcome to attend.

Some topics for the training will include: the difference between an intern, an apprentice, and an employee; an introduction to workers’ compensation requirements; Social Security and FICA withholding issues; and unemployment insurance requirements.

“This is a great opportunity for new and first time employers to get answers about regulations for hiring interns,” said Louise Calderwood, adjunct faculty in Sustainable Agriculture at the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems at Sterling College.

Later that day, employers who wish to meet Sterling College students for internships or other employment opportunities are invited to participate in an internship fair from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Dunbar Dining Hall. Employers will be able to meet students looking for an internship or post-graduation employment. Students at Vermont’s only environmental stewardship college are currently required to complete at least one internship before graduation.

“Internship hosts consistently rave about Sterling College students: they’re motivated, they’re hard workers, and they bring a unique perspective to the workplace,” said Carol Dickson, Dean of Academics at Sterling College. “This will be an excellent opportunity for future interns and employees to connect.”

Both events are free and open to the public, but require a reservation. To reserve a spot, email lcalderwood@sterlingcollege.edu. Funding for this workshop is provided through USDA Rural Development and Sterling College.

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ABOUT STERLING COLLEGE

Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship. The College was among the first colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Sterling College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of only seven federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.

MEDIA CONTACT
Christian Feuerstein, Director of Communications, Sterling College
802.586.7711 x164 • cfeuerstein@sterlingcollege.edu