I wanted to answer here because I’m currently trying to get a Private Members’ Bill through Parliament which would ban unpaid trial work periods
Whilst currently the practice is not illegal, it may occasionally break national minimum wage definitions and unpaid trial shifts are exploitative to workers – particularly young people, students and migrants. If people are going to be offered a trial period where they apply their skills in the hope of securing work then they should be paid fairly and properly.
That’s why I introduced my Bill on this topic, to make it clear that if a trial period is to be offered then the employer must pay up for that period whether or not a full offer of employment is made.
My Bill will make it clear that if a trial period is to be offered then the employer must pay up for that period whether or not a full offer of employment is made. The only way we can guarantee these protections is if you lobby your local MP to attend the debate on March 16 2018 and vote in favour of my Bill banning unpaid work trials.
You can find out more about the Bill here, and find out who your MP is here.
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