Published: 13th May 2014
New laws to outlaw unpaid internships which last longer than four weeks were proposed to Parliament today.
It is already illegal not to pay at least the minimum wage to people working set hours doing set tasks, but some firms get round this by suggesting interns are doing “work experience”.
The motion proposed by Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke today, which has cross-party support, would limit any unpaid work experience to four weeks. The move follows changes introduced in Parliament this year aimed at banning unpaid internships in MPs’ offices.
Campaign group Intern Aware welcomed the motion, saying unpaid internships “hold back talented people who simply cannot afford to work for free”.