There is currently a bill going through the House of Lords which is seeking to ban unpaid internships - remind anyone of EMS?? Unfortunately, EMS would not count as an unpaid internship as it is done whilst we are at University and therefore is work experience rather than an internship.
Introduced by Lord Holmes of Richmond, the bill will mean that after a month of unpaid work the minimum wage will apply, saying: "the practice is clearly discriminatory, crushes creatvity and competitiveness and holds individuals and our country back - it's time we consigned them to the past, to the novels of Dickens".
Last November, the proposals were blocked in the House of Commons by the Government saying that it would "undermine existing employment laws".
- BBC News, 2017, Public "backs ban on long unpaid internships"
- BBC News, 2016, Unpaid internships reform plan blocked in Commons
- BBC News, 2017, Unpaid internships likened to modern slavery in Lords debate