Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill

10 June 2016

A Bill has begun its passage through the Houses of Parliament which will ensure the prohibition of unpaid work experience for a period exceeding four weeks with the same employer.

The Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill will amend the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to ensure persons participating in a scheme designed to provide work experience, for a continuous or non-continuous period which exceeds four weeks, are paid beyond this point at least the relevant minimum wage rate.

The Regulations provide that a person undertaking work experience who has ceased to be of compulsory school age, but has not attained the age of 26, is eligible to receive the national minimum wage at the rate specified for workers of the person’s age.

When the Bill becomes an Act of law it will extend to the whole of the UK.