New employers are provided with a current copy of the Cooperative Education Employer Handbook.


The major sections of the Guidelines describe employer responsibilities in the following areas:


  • Nature of Employment
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Employer Responsibility
  • Employment Security
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Fringe Benefits
  • Student Health Insurance
  • Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)
  • Income Taxes
  • International Students
  • Job Training Partnership Act
  • Jury Duty
  • Liability Insurance
  • Problems – Student Performance
  • Social Security Tax
  • Student Athletes
  • Students as Consultants or Independent Contractors
  • Targeted-Job Tax Credits for Employers
  • Worker’s Compensation


Information contained in this website has been prepared for the express purpose of clarifying personnel responsibilities and the role of employers participating in the cooperative education program with Northeastern University. Use of this information by other parties or for reasons other than its intended purpose may result in either inaccurate or incorrect application.


This information is provided for informational purposes only, and may not be relied upon as legal advice. A full understanding of federal and state laws as they pertain to any of these topics is the sole responsibility of the employer.


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action educational institution and employer.