04 August 2010
Employers must be careful to avoid age discrimination cases
Employers wanting to avoid age discrimination grievance hearings must be aware of the implications of not paying interns in line with the law; an expert has said.
According to Dan Hawes, co-founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, firms throughout the UK may be taking legal risks, intentionally or unintentionally, by not giving any interns they take on a proper wage, which could lead to them having to meet the costs of compensation claims.
Mr Hawes' comments come after the publication of a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research and campaign group Internocracy, which found that employers are regularly acting unlawfully when it comes to giving paid work experience positions out.
This study found that firms often mistakenly believe there is a "grey area" between internships and the national minimum wage.
But Mr Hawes commented that most genuine programmes will involve a period of work in various departments before being offered a real position in the company at the end of this set time.