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Employment of Children

A child aged 14 must not be required to work during school term time.  Over 15’s may work up to 8 hours per week during term time.  During holiday periods children may only work 35 hours per week.  Where a child is employed for work experience, he/she may work up to 40 hours per week.  He/she may not be required to work before 8 am or after 8 pm. 

Minimum rest of at least 30 minutes must be provided in respect of every 4 consecutive hours worked by children aged 14, or for each period of 4.5 consecutive hours work completed by children aged 15. 

Children are entitled to a minimum daily rest period of 14 hours from the beginning of one working day to the commencement of the next, and a minimum of two days of consecutive rest in each 7 day period.  They must also be allowed a 21 day unpaid break from employment during summer holidays.