TITLE

Teen labour laws--a mystery to most UK small businesses

PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Management Services;Apr2004, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Many small business employers, including retailers, pubs, restaurants and hotels, are unaware of the extent of their obligations when employing teenagers in part-time and temporary jobs, according to top employment law adviser Associa Employment Service. Mark Thompson, legal team leader at Associa Employment Service, reveals that many small businesses contacting the company are surprised by the extent of regulations with which they need to comply when employing staff not above compulsory school age. Associa's findings were published the day after a Better Regulation Task Force report that calls on the Government to simplify the law on child employment. The findings also coincide with a report from the Trades Union Congress and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children revealing that child employment laws are baffling both parents and teachers. Regulations which generally apply and most commonly come as a surprise to small businesses include work permits, restrictions on working hours, rest breaks, risk assessments and insurance implications. The main restrictions governing the employment of teenagers not above compulsory school age are set out in the British Children and Young Person's Act 1933, but this Act also allows each local authority to further restrict the hours, conditions of work or nature of employment permitted.
ACCESSION #
13403484

 

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