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How long can you legally work a trial shift for? and do they have to pay you?
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How long can you legally work a trial shift for? and do they have to pay you?

i worked in a restruant the other day for 10 hours, and not sure if that was legal and if i can get paied for it. They have also messed me around saying i had the job now then dont, so if i do they i will egnore the £65 they may ow me, but if i dont get the job, i want that money, but is 10 hour legal for a trial shift and can i make them pay me ?







Teri ann Rainbow
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This sort of shenanigans is increasingly common in the work place.This company is taking advantage of the fact that you both want and are in need of a Job.This is slave labour.I overheard a young woman who will be working for a supermarket for three weeks without payment to ascertain whether they would decide if she was "good" enough for the Job. Get the money you are owed or take them to small claims court for the sum.


Paul R
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I once did the same but only a 4 hour shift.Then after thinking about it,i thought how many other people are they seeing.They end up getting a week or more work done for free.The next time i signed on i mentioned this to them and they said there not supposed to (at the time it was illegal to do this) Don't know if it has changed nowadays.I know they banned them from advertising any more jobs through them.But don't know if anything else happened.


Kernow Lady
Its not illegal you volunteered to do a trial shift. It comes down to, did you ask them if they were going to pay you, or did you just expect they would. If they said you would be paid then you can chace them through the Small Claims Court. If nothing was said then you cannot claim.


Chris
I'm not sure where your from. Here in the U.S. as long as you are 18 you can work as long of a shift as you want. Some professions have certain regulations on how many hours straight you can work. I have worked warehouse jobs that allowed us to work solid 24-36 hours shifts. As far as a trial shift, I have interviewed at certain jobs that allow us to work 8-10 hours, with no pay during an interview process, which once completed is a guaranteed hire. Unless you have documentation, proving that there was an agreement for certain pay, for the work you did. Then I would guess no they don't have to legally pay you.


Blue smartie
I once went for a trial shift at a restaurant and found out they had got most of the people at the interview (about 20 people) to do a trial shift too. They all did it at staggered times so basically this restaurant was just getting free labour. 10 hours is a long shift, normal is about 8 hours, so I would definitely want that money. Probably the best thing for you to do is to wait and find out if you have the job or not, if you really want it that bad. If you get the job you should ask for the money, but they may refuse. If they refuse you would have to consider that you would make more money by keeping the job rather than demanding the money. If you don't get the job then definitely demand that money! You worked it so you should get paid. I'm pretty sure that it is illegal but don't quote me on that!







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