• Find it in the Law:
    Law on Labour
  • Who is responsible:
    Your employer
  • Who can help me:
    Labour Inspectorate, Ombudsperson Intuition
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Are you an intern who’s uncertain what your legally-entitled rights are? The Law on Labour states that there are two obligations of the employer towards interns, apart those general rights which interact with discrimination or treatment at the workplace. The first right is that the employer is obliged to offer protection and safety at work as prescribed in the Law on Safety and Health at work. The second is that your employer cannot extend your internship period for more than one year (if you are studying at university or have completed one) or six months (if you only have high school completed). The employer is allowed to not pay you for your work as an intern. If you are asked to continue your work as an intern for more than is legally allowed, or if you are asked to do things that fail to meet safety standards, then you might have a case for an appeal to the Labour Inspectorate even as an intern.

If you have any concerns about protection and safety at work, or if you feel that your basic rights are not being respected, then you may file a complaint with the Labor Inspectorate. Based on Article 82 of the Law on Labor, the Labour Inspectorate is obliged to issue a decision on your complaint within a period of 30 days from the day the complaint was lodged or at least to show that the decision has been postponed. Another address for filing the complaint is also the Ombudsperson Institution.


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