Education chiefs have issued a reminder to employers to follow laws relating to taking on children.
With students across the island now enjoying the summer holidays, the Department of Education and Children has distributed posters to employers and sent copies to locations including libraries and GPs’ surgeries.
The posters remind those hiring children to observe the Employment of Children Regulations 2005, which form part of the Education Act of 2001.
Under the regulations, children under the age of 13 can’t be employed at all.
Children under 15 can only be employed for ‘light work’.
This is defined as work that doesn’t involve standing for a considerable time, walking a considerable distance, operating heavy machinery, moving, lifting or carrying heavy weights or any other form of heavy labour.
Other regulations set limits on the amount of work that can be carried out by school-aged children (those below the limit of compulsory education).
They can’t work more than 28 hours if they are under 15 or 35 hours if they are 15 or 16.
They must not work before 7am or after 9pm on a school day or before 7am and after 10pm on a non school day.
In addition, they can’t work for more than two hours on a school day that is followed by a school day; four hours on a school day followed by a non school day and seven hours on a non school day.
In total, school-aged children can’t work for more than six days in any one week.
The regulations also require children to be given certain specified breaks and require employers to keep a detailed register of children on their payroll and to allow DEC to inspect it.
Employers contravening the regulations and, in some cases, parents can be fined up to £5,000 for contravening them.
Read a full copy of the regulations at http://cf.gov.im/about-the-government/departments/education-and-children/