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Intern wage guidance published

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Businesses worried about interns filing pay discrimination claims can safeguard themselves simply by following new guidance issued by the government.

This week, a document published by DirectGov and Business Link offered advice to managers on the thorny issue of paying interns and those on work experience placements.

Whether or not to pay interns has been a controversial issue over recent months, and under the rules issued by DirectGov, any individual who can be classified as a “worker” should receive at least the minimum wage throughout their time with a company.

The rules have been produced in an attempt to clarify any confusion for firms and Edward Davey, Employment Relations Minister, believes “fairness is absolutely paramount with all work placements”.

“When a worker is entitled to the minimum wage, they should be paid it and we will continue to enforce the law,” he added.

For more on the DirectGov guidance, visit http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/nmw

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Written by Andrew Hodges

September 27, 2011 at 9:11 pm

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