Employ a child in compliance with the law

Key points

  • In general, it is illegal to employ children who are under the age of 14.
  • There are statutory restrictions on the hours that children can work and the types of jobs that they can do.
  • Local authorities may impose further restrictions on the employment of children.
  • An employer that wishes to employ a child can do so only if it has obtained a permit from the local authority.

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