Internships

  • Find it in the Law:
    Law on Labour
  • Who is responsible:
    Your employer
  • Who can help me:
    Labour Inspectorate
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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 that an employer has to its interns, on top of generic rights related to discrimination or treatment at the workplace. The first right is that the employer is obliged to offer occupational protection and safety as prescribed in the Law on Occupational Safety. 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 being asked to stay on 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 regarding occupational protection and safety, or if you feel that your basic rights are not being respected, then you could address an appeal to the Labour Inspectorate. The Labor Inspectorate is obliged by Article 82 of the Law on Labour to issue a decision regarding your appeal within 30 days from when you filed your complaint or at least tell you that the decision will be delayed.

  

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