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Jennie Johnson
Debbie Pierce
Brian Hay
Michael Oliver
Jeremy Roberts
David Pollock
Charlie Mullins
Richard O'Sullivan
Julie Meyer
Laura Tenison
Tony Caldeira
Steve Purdham

Voice of experience

New guidance for businesses that offer internships and work experience placements has been published by Business Link and DirectGov.

The updated advice has a range of information including a worker checklist for employers so they can
work out who should be paid the national minimum wage (NMW).

Entitlement to the NMW does not depend on the participant’s job title but on whether the arrangement they have with an organisation makes them a worker for NMW purposes.

A worker is defi ned as any individual who works for an employer, whether under a contract of employment or any other contract where an individual undertakes to do or perform personally any work or service. Where an individual is a worker – and no exemption applies – then they must be paid at least the NMW.

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