Tribunal rules that minimum wage applies to expenses-only jobs
Wed 25 Nov 2009
Workers who choose to apply for jobs advertised as expenses only are still entitled to payment, an employment tribunal has ruled.
The ruling was made by a tribunal sitting in Reading after Nicola Vetta, backed by the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union, brought a case against London Dreams Motions Pictures Ltd.
Ms Vetta worked as an art department assistant for the production company on the film Coulda Woulda Shoulda in July 2008.
She accepted the job on an expenses-only basis - which is not unusual among young people looking to gain work experience within the film and television industries - but subsequently took action against the company as she was not paid the minimum wage.
The tribunal ruled that workers who apply for jobs advertised as being expenses only are entitled to be paid in line with the national minimum wage - currently £5.80 an hour for workers aged 22 or over - and for any holiday entitlement they accrue.
It also ordered London Dreams Motions Pictures Ltd to pay Ms Vetta more than £2,000.
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