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Monster UK bans unpaid intern job ads

Interesting and welcome approach. No word on if they'll do the same in the US, though.

From GraduateFog:

"Monster has become the first recruitment website to pledge publicly that it will not support the advertisement of unpaid internships. The job board has announced that all postings must comply with the minimum wage law and any which do not will be removed from the site. (So if you spot any, just let them know!)

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Monster’s announcement comes following the news that Hazel Blears’ bill to make advertising unpaid internships illegal missed its scheduled second hearing on 2 February and will now be delayed indefinitely. The voluntary move by Monster shows its commitment to taking the lead on the issue, by making it clear that it will remove any job postings that do not comply with the minimum wage law. Andrew Sumner, Monster’s Managing Director, UK & Ireland, says:

“Monster fully supported the bill Hazel Blears proposed to clamp down on the promotion of unpaid internships. A healthy future economy relies on the investment businesses make in young people and we believe it’s important not to take advantage of those desperate to get a foot on the career ladder.

“We provide free advice via our UK site to make employers aware of the legalities surrounding unpaid internships and to ensure job seekers know what to expect from these placements. As a bare minimum, we insist in our terms and conditions that all job posts adhere to UK employment law. We vet and screen adverts placed on our site to advise our customers on compliance. And as an extra precaution Monster actively asks its users to report any suspicious job postings via a ‘report this job’ button. We will happily remove any postings that our users alert us to, if these are found not to comply with the minimum wage law.”"

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