National Minimum Wage (Workplace Internships) Bill
07 November 2016
7 November 2016
The National Minimum Wage (Workplace Internships) Bill will require the Secretary of State to apply the provisions of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to workplace internships; and for connected purposes.
Geographical extent – this regulation, when enacted, will extend to all four nations of the UK.
This Bill started its second reading debate on Friday 4 November 2016 and the debate has now been adjourned to Friday 24 February 2017.
An employer is not liable for Employers’ National Insurance contributions for an intern undertaking a workplace internship of less than 12 months but ‘may’ meet Employers’ NICs for an intern undertaking a workplace internship of less than 12 months.
The provisions of the NMW Act 1998 shall not apply if:
- the person is a student at a higher or further education institution based in the UK who is required to undertake an internship or equivalent work placement as part of his or her course;
- of compulsory school age;
- undertaking an approved English apprenticeship as set out in the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009; or
- meets the terms of a definition set out in regulations made by the Secretary of State or, as the case may be, the relevant Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland Ministers.
Full details are set out in the National Minimum Wage (Workplace Internships) Bill.