Children and Young Workers

What you must do - Law 2

The legal requirements – these are the MINIMUM standards you MUST implement on site to be legally compliant. This is true of all children and young workers, including those that are members of your own family and share your family home (except in the case of minimum wages).

Minimum working age

Minors

  • The minimum age for anyone working on your site is 13.
  • There are restrictions on the type of work they do and the length of time they can work for.
  • A child aged 13 to 16 (school leaving age) must apply for a work permit from a local authority. See below for rules.
  • There are local by-laws that have been put in place by local authorities to regulate the work done by minors. These are available from your local authority and must be investigated and complied with.
  • Some agricultural or horticultural work may be restricted under these by-laws, to ensure that children are under constant supervision by a parent or guardian.
  • Almost all of the rules within this chapter apply to all young workers, including those on work experience schemes or relatives. The only rules which do not apply are NMW.


Young workers

  • The minimum working age is 16 years for full time employment.
  • There are restrictions on the type of work they do and the length of time they can work for.

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