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Fashion Houses Warned Not To Exploit Interns

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The UK's HM Revenue & Customs is sending a stern warning to those who showed their collections at London Fashion Week: don't exploit your interns!

Letters were sent out to 102 fashions houses after they discovered some were treating their interns like employees, but didn't pay them the national minimum wage.

Michelle Wyer, the assistant director for the National Minimum Wage, says that's a big no-no:

"These letters give fashion houses plenty of warning that they are under scrutiny. If they are not playing by the rules, now is the time to put things right. Non-payment of the national minimum wage is not an option. Our message is clear: don't wait for us to come knocking on your door; put things right now and avoid a penalty and possible prosecution."

Maybe all fashion weeks should adopt this policy because we all know it's happening in New York, Paris and Milan too.

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