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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:07 PM

Move to ban unpaid internship adverts wins cross-party support

Advertising unpaid internships could become illegal from next year under proposals being introduced into parliament on Wednesday.

The Labour MP Hazel Blears said she had cross-party support for her 10-minute rule bill, which seeks to ban job postings for placements that break national minimum wage law.

Blears said advertising for internships was already governed by law, so a ban could become effective by tweaking existing regulations. "It is a simple thing to do," she said.

Under minimum wage legislation, those who work are entitled to the national rate, currently 6.19 an hour for those aged 21 and over. Although advertising for jobs is governed by discrimination laws, promoting unpaid internships is not currently unlawful.


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