Working hours are not excessive

What you must do - law 3

Working Time Regulations

Young workers (under 18 but older than school leaving age)

  • Young workers are not allowed to work more than 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week.
  • Young people in Northern Ireland cannot work more than 2 hours on a Sunday, 7 hours on a school day or a Saturday, or 37 hours in a week.
  • Young workers must have 2 full days off per week

Minors (between 13 and school leaving age)

  • Minors must not work more than 2 hours on a school day or a Sunday or 5 hours on a Saturday (8 hours if 15 years old).
  • Minors are not permitted to work before 7am or after 7pm.
  • Minors must not work during school hours.
  • Minors are not permitted to work more than 12 hours per week during term time, or 25 hours per week during the holidays (35 if aged 15).
  • Minors in Northern Ireland this changes to 2 hours on a Sunday, 5 hours on a weekday or Saturday and or 27 hours per week.
  • Hours of work during school holidays are restricted to:
  • 13 and 14 year olds can work up to 5 hours per day on weekdays and Saturdays and 2 hours on Sunday but their total hours cannot exceed a total of 25 hours per week;
  • 15 and 16 year olds can work up to eight hours per day, only 2 hours on a Sunday and no more than 35 hours in total per week.
There are no separate provisions under the Agricultural Wages Order for Young workers and Minors

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