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The “Free Intern” Myth
Last month Employment minister Jo Swinson referred 100 employers accused of flouting national minimum wage legislation - by hiring "free interns" - to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Were you one of them?

Campaign group Intern Aware, had sent the Minister a list of 100 organisations that have been advertising unpaid internships. She forwarded the list to HMRC to be used as “intelligence” for them to identify sectors more likely to flout the law. Under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, workers are required to be paid the national minimum wage, currently £6.19 per hour.

Intern Aware are not the only group to be concerned about the exploitation of people wanting work experience. Monster, the online job site, has also pulled advertisements which appeared to be contravening the law by not paying the minimum wage.

Make sure that your company does not fall foul of the requirement to pay its workers properly. If you need advice about the work placements you offer, please get in touch.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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