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Intern guidelines

Intern guidelines

By Law Institute Journal


Advice for interns and law firms will protect both and help ensure compliance with workplace laws. The LIV has created guidelines on unpaid internships for law firms, law students, graduates and young lawyers, taking the lead nationally in stipulating best practice standards. The guidelines, created to protect young lawyers from exploitation and to help law practices comply with workplace laws, come in the form of three fact sheets which detail obligations, tips and advice. Fact sheet 1 for employers details the legal obligations of legal practices/employers when taking on young lawyers on an unpaid basis and will support employers by providing practical tips and advice to deal with difficult situations where interns and students are requesting to work in a way that risks the law practice/employer breaching their obligations. Fact sheet 2 for interns contains information for unpaid interns looking to undertake placement with a law practice, to understand their rights and responsibilities and raise concerns with their placement supervisor. Fact sheet 3 explains the consequences if an unpaid internship is found by the Fair Work Ombudsman to be an employment relationship.

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