Risks associated with 'work experience'

Many electrical contractors make use of persons gaining “work experience” without reward. Unpaid internships, work experience and some unpaid work trials are lawful under the Fair Work Act 2009. However, there are risks associated with such an engagement. 

It is important to be sure that any person doing unpaid work is not in an employment relationship with your company, failing which your company could be exposed to significant penalties.

NECA Legal can provide a template internship contract to mitigate against such risks. Contact us on necalegalwa@ecawa.org.au for more information.