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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Interns are 'entitled to be paid' says report

Interns are 'entitled to be paid' says report

Many young people working for free as interns are legally entitled to be paid, and could launch tribunal claims for back wages, a new report says.

Think tank the IPPR and campaign group Internocracy argue private sector firms are "almost certainly" breaking the law by offering unpaid internships.

The report says many volunteers could be legally defined as workers under national minimum wage legislation.

It warns the current position leaves employers open to compensation claims.

I seem to recall reading that Iain Dale has made a habit of getting interns to work for him for no wages. I hope some of those interns now read this report and submit claims to the Employment Tribunal.

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