The Central London Employment Tribunal has ordered an employer to pay an intern over £1,000 in damages. The company had told Ms Hudson that she was not eligible for any pay because she was considered an intern. The tribunal disagreed. Ms Hudson was classed as a worker under the law even though she had no written contract. As a result she was entitled to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage and holiday pay.
Key point: An employer needs to consider carefully whether its intern is simply work shadowing or fully working. If the latter then the case clearly indicates that the employer needs to pay its intern salary and holiday pay.