Expenses-only engagements are illegal, say Employment Tribunals

The Employment Tribunals, sitting in Reading, have ruled that workers engaged on an expenses-only basis are entitled to payment at least in line with the national minimum wage, in addition to payment for the holiday they accrue.

The decision arises from a case brought by Nicola Vetta, a former art department assistant, against London Dreams Motion Pictures Ltd.

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2 Responses to “Expenses-only engagements are illegal, say Employment Tribunals”


  1. 1 Jonathan 12/09/2009 at 1:44 pm

    Let’s hope this is the end of unpaid internships!

  2. 2 saradaintree 12/09/2009 at 5:52 pm

    How long will it take? National minimum wage internships are the way forward, anything else is a harsh loophole, distorting the staffing costs of organisations and discriminating against those with ability who are forced to do menial work to earn the wage they need to live. Somehow I think that these organisations will find the money to pay their interns the minimum wage that they need, because the good work they do is worth paying.


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