Ban unpaid internships?

They should be banned as a barrier to social mobility, say MPs

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Nothing better sums up middle-class millennials' sense of entitlement than their demand that they be paid for interning. 'Paid internships now!' has become the rallying cry of young media people and the Twitterati and now the Labour Party, too. Its throwback manifesto, leaked this week, promises to 'ban unpaid internships', on the basis that 'it's not fair for some to get a leg up when others can't afford to'. Self-regarding youths will cheer this, as will their sad-eyed supporters in the press, but the rest of us should raise a collective eyebrow.

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What does the law say about unpaid internships?

Internships are typically periods of short term work undertaken, generally, by young people after they finish study and before they begin permanent, full time employment. There is no set definition of an internship. Some last for a fortnight or less. Some last for months.

Unlike apprenticeships, internships are not directly regulated by any body or statutory scheme, aside from general employment protections.

While there have been several unreported cases of interns bringing claims to the Employment Tribunal, there is little case law on the subject.

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