An internship is a near prerequisite for many professions. Competition for internships can be as tough as the graduate jobs market itself. Sadly, employers sometimes take advantage of this and mistreat interns or use them as cheap labour.
Your rights as an intern
It is a common misconception that interns have little or no rights under employment law. Interns actually have significant legal protections, for example in the areas of health and safety, and privacy. In some cases interns may have the right to be paid the National Minimum Wage and be subject to the Working Time Regulations 1998.
However, the rights of an intern vary significantly depending on the nature of the internship. This is a complex area of law. A solicitor can bring their experience and expertise to bear to make an accurate assessment of your legal rights as an intern.
If you would like advice on your rights as an intern, we can put you in touch with an expert solicitor, free of charge. Call us on 0800 1777 162 now.
Can a solicitor help?
If you have problems during your internship you might feel that your complaints will not be taken seriously or prioritised. If communications come from a solicitor this may carry more weight and help you bring a swift conclusion to the problem.
An internship can be a big investment of your time and money, especially if you have to support yourself. You only have the opportunity to do a limited number of internships before you look for a permanent job. Making the most of your internship is vital for your career prospects.
Taking advice from a solicitor can help you avoid problems that could ruin the experience and, where appropriate, to obtain financial compensation (eg. for underpayment).
If you would like to obtain legal advice on internships, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local specialist solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.
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