Question

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Q: I have just started a new job in a restaurant where I was required to do a trial shift. I was asked to go in for a few hours. A few hours turned into seven hours and when I asked the owner how much I was to be paid for the evening, I was told the trial shift is unpaid. Is this legal?

 

A: There is nothing illegal per se in being asked to do tasks as part of the recruitment process.

However, a seven hour trial is excessive and would tell me more about the prospective employer as not being an employer of choice