My daughter went for a hotel job and was told to turn up and do some shifts unpaid as a trial. Surely this is illegal – they’re asking her to work for less than the minimum wage. Is there anything I can do?
I wanted to answer here because I’m currently trying to get a Private Members’ Bill through Parliament which would ban unpaid work trials.
Unfortunately the law in this area is incredibly grey at the moment.
Currently the only methods to challenge this is to report the company to HMRC to see if they’ve broken minimum wage definitions, and through the courts, which is opportunity often out of the reach of employees.
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. I would therefore urge you to 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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