Nothing free and easy about internships

Interns are there to learn and observe, and employers will fall foul of the law if they expect them to work for free, writes Gareth Naughton.

25th May, 2014
The term intern' has no legal significance in Ireland.

The intern is an increasingly prevalent feature of the Irish workplace with skilled, but work-starved individuals often volunteering their services to cash-strapped businesses in the hope of getting their foot in the door or gaining valuable experience.

These often ad hoc arrangements do, however, carry with them significant risk. The employer who uses their intern improperly risks facing claims under the broad range of employment laws designed to protect workers in Ireland.

The term ‘intern’...

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