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    Default Working for free???

    My SIL has recently "more then likely" started new employment. I asked her what this meant and she said they told her "you've pretty much got the job". The reason this is bothering me is because my SIL has already worked 1 shift FOR FREE and they've asked her to do another one and are calling it work experience, again saying "you've pretty much got the job".

    Now I don't agree with this at all I told her that she either has the job or doesn't and she can't keep working for nothing. She won't confront them.

    I think it's extremely unfair and I am positive it is illegal (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong). Because she's not an actual employee she won't be covered by insurance or anything.

    The whole situation sounds really dodgey to me...they are devaluing her education and skills.

    This isn't normal right? Or am I just overreacting?

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    Unless I approached somewhere to do work experience I would think that is very dodgy.
    Even trial periods are paid for.

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    Not normal - I'd be reacting the same way if it was my SIL. Whether she has the experience to do the job or not is irrelevant, they still need to pay her for her time there.

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    It doesnt sound right to me either.
    Also I learnt the other day that in some states, the employer is still required to pay $5 per day for work exp., depending where you live they could be breaking this rule too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepouts View Post
    Because she's not an actual employee she won't be covered by insurance or anything.
    I'm pretty sure she would be considered as an employee, there doesn't need to be a written employment contract for it to be considered an employment relationship. Also, regardless of whether she's an employee or a "visitor" to the site, she'd still be covered if she's insured.

    But PP are correct, it is illegal to not pay her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    I'm pretty sure she would be considered as an employee, there doesn't need to be a written employment contract for it to be considered an employment relationship. Also, regardless of whether she's an employee or a "visitor" to the site, she'd still be covered if she's insured.

    But PP are correct, it is illegal to not pay her.
    Thanks. Perhaps I should elaborate. She is a nurse like myself which I think is one of the reasons why this is really bothering me. By insurance I meant she wouldn't be covered if something happened to a patient she had seen.

    I know how hard it is to become registered and I feel they are exploiting her. She's been a SAHM for nearly 3.5 years so she is feeling anxious about being able to return to work which I understand but I disagree with how they're treating her

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    If this employer thinks it's okay to break the law by not paying your SIL for a trial, I think it speaks volumes about their ethics.

    I would be concerned this is not the only dodgy thing they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Degrassi View Post
    If this employer thinks it's okay to break the law by not paying your SIL for a trial, I think it speaks volumes about their ethics.

    I would be concerned this is not the only dodgy thing they do.
    I'm actually thinking about reporting them but my SIL and i have such a great relationship I know that by doing this it would be damaged.

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    What they are doing is really wrong and they should be reported. It's a shame it would upset your SIL if you did this. I had this happen to me numerous times years ago when I was young and looking for work (in the restaurant industry). I was lead to believe that I would get the job each time and because I was desperate for work I went along with it. I'm sure sometimes they just use jobseekers as fill ins for people on holidays or off for some reason?? It makes you feel so used when you are genuinely looking for work. Had I know then that it was actually illegal I would have reported them in a heartbeat.


 

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