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Young Workers

Young people over school leaving age and under 18 are known as young workers. Young people can leave school on the last Friday of June of the school year in which they are 16.

There are special laws to protect the employment rights of young workers. These concern health and safety, what jobs they can do, when they can work, and how many hours they can work.  An employer can be prosecuted for breaking these laws.

A young person over school-leaving age and an employee, has certain rights which are covered on the following link.

Young people and employment in Northern Ireland(opens new window)

Children's Law Centre(opens new window)

Young people - Your rights and responsibilities at work(opens new window)

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