There has been another successful Tribunal pay claim by an unpaid intern in the media business. The National Union of Journalists, who have been campaigning for interns to be paid, are reporting that a woman working full days for a website company, including supervising others and even hiring interns herself, was found to be a "worker" (and therefore entitled to the minimum wage and holiday pay). There was a similar claim by an "expenses only" media assistant a couple of years ago.

The applicant was apparently doing a good deal more than work shadowing and as the Government's guidance on the minimum wage indicates, if there is an obligation to perform tasks, or if the placement may lead to an offer of permanent or paid work on completion, the line between unpaid volunteer and worker is likely to be crossed.