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We review all employer registrations with each employer so that we can answer any questions you may have before we begin the recruitment and visa process. This helps us avoid any misunderstandings.
Most of our students expect to work between 35 and 40 hours per week. Many are willing to work overtime. If additional hours are not available, the J-1 Visa allows a student to get a second job. InterExchange emphasizes to students that a second job should not interfere with their primary jobs. If second jobs are available in your area, please let us know on the Employer Registration Form.
All of our students are covered by minimum wage and overtime laws as they apply from state to state. As of January 1st, 2015, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Where state law requires a higher minimum wage, the higher standard applies.
InterExchange students should be paid the same wages as American employees in the same position. If you are providing room and/or board we recommend that these costs be kept separate from the hourly wage. Students appreciate the transparency of having housing and food costs separate from their salaries. Please consult a tax professional regarding regulations if you are deducting housing and food costs from a student’s salary.
InterExchange realizes that most of the positions offered to students will vary according to the students’ skills, the season, and available hours. Positions must require minimal training and not displace American workers. Positions must allow routine interaction with Americans and others in the host community to allow for cultural exchange.
We ask that employers assist students with coordinating affordable, suitable accommodations before arrival. If you are unable to pre-arrange housing, InterExchange will only consider placing students at the job site if appropriate and affordable accommodation can be found quickly and easily upon the students’ arrival. Additionally, the employer should be available to provide advice and assistance in finding and securing accommodations. Please remember that for many of our students, this is their first time in the U.S., so they may be unfamiliar with how to find housing and will need your assistance.
Note: If a housing deposit is required, please make sure the students are given a receipt and that they clearly understand the rules and conditions regarding this deposit. If the students use bicycles, please encourage them to wear helmets, use lights, and obey all traffic rules.
Incentives and Bonuses
Some employers choose to offer students a performance bonus. Students might be given an extra $10 per week for satisfactorily completed work. Some employers choose to offer students a commitment or ending bonus. Students might be given $1.00 for every hour worked, provided they complete their entire work commitment. Other employers reward students with a lump sum at the end of their successfully completed contract or refund the students’ housing costs. A commitment bonus may incentivize students to stay through their committed end date. The bonus is also a nice gesture because students often can use this money when they travel after their work commitment.
Note: Bonuses are not mandatory and generally cannot be deducted or withheld from regular pay.