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A ROUGH GUIDE TO CHILD EMPLOYMENT LAW

Posted by Kat Heath on 04 Mar 2020

CHILD EMPLOYMENT LAW: A ROUGH GUIDE

Child Employment Law has changed a lot in the last few years.
For local businesses it is imperative that you are aware of the law which is in place to protect the welfare of minors in the workplace.

Below is an employers guide in relation to the employment of children.
(Please note this should be used as a guide, any queries regarding specific information on child employment can be obtained via: www.surreycc.gov.uk )

CHILD REGISTRATION:
Any child of compulsory school age must be registered with the Child Employment Team as soon as they have become employed.
This is the responsibility of the employer and failure to do so can result in prosecution.
For Employers within Epsom & Ewell, visit: www.surreycc.gov.uk to download the relevant forms.
For employers within London Borough of Sutton visit: www.sutton.gov.uk to download the relevant forms.

Remember:
NO CHILD UNDER 13 IS PERMITTED TO WORK. Doing so is a criminal offence, punishable by law.

HOURS OF WORK:
There are health & safety laws in place to protect children at work, especially in regards to the amount of hours they are legally permitted to work per day and per week.
Below is a guide of those laws:

1. NO CHILD of COMPULSORY SCHOOL AGE is permitted to work BEFORE 7am or AFTER 7pm (even in the school holidays)
2. SCHOOL-DAYS: the maximum amount of hours a child can work during school days is 2 HOURS.
3. SUNDAYS: the maximum amount of hours a child can work on a Sunday is 2 HOURS.
4. SATURDAYS (13-14yrs): the maximum amount of hours they can work on Saturday is 5 HOURS (max: 12hrs a week)
5. SATURDAYS (15-16yrs: even if 16th bday falls before June of the school year): the maximum amount of hours they can work on a Saturday is 8 HOURS (max: 12hrs a week)
6. SCHOOL HOLIDAYS (13-14yrs): maximum hours per day: 5 HOURS (max: 25hrs a week)
7. SCHOOL HOLIDAYS (15-16yrs): maximum hours per day: 8 HOURS (maximum 25hrs a week)

EMPLOYERS ARE LIABLE FOR PROSECUTION IF THEY FAIL TO ADHERE TO THESE LAWS

BREAKS & HOLIDAY:
All children of compulsory school age are entitled by law to at least 1 hours break after 4 hours work.
They must also have at least two consecutive weeks off during the school holidays each year.

ILLEGAL PLACES OF WORK OR OCCUPATIONS:

No child of compulsory school age is permitted to:

Sell Alcohol or Tobacco Products
Deliver Milk
Deliver Fuel or Oil
Collect money or sell door to door
Work above 3metres of the floor or ground
Have exposure to chemicals hazardous to health
Have exposure to adult material or situations.

Or work in a:
Cinema, Theatre, Disco, Nightclub, Dance Hall
Butcher or Slaughterhouse
Fairground or Amusement Park (operating machinery, supervising a ride or slot machines which involve gambling)
Commercial Kitchen
Refuse tip
Telephone sales company
Residential Home (providing personal care)

EMPLOYERS ARE LIABLE FOR PROSECUTION IF THEY EMPLOY A CHILD IN A PROHIBITED OCCUPATION.

For more information on Child Employment Law contact the Surrey Child Employment Team on:
01483 517838Or via email: childemployment@surreycc.gov.uk

Kat xx

 
Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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