Don’t get caught out by the rules on child employment

Do you employ a young person of school age?

If so, it’s essential that they hold the right permit – otherwise, as an employer, you run the risk of prosecution.

Children under the age of 13 are prohibited from working, but 13-16 year olds can use their spare time to take paid employment.

However, it is illegal to employ somebody of school age without them having a permit. Permits are free, so don’t delay – apply today.

It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that all working children of compulsory school age have a free permit from their local council. A child without a permit may not be covered by your insurance.

There are also strict rules about how a child can be employed. For example, they can’t work before 7am or after 7pm, and they can only work 12 hours per week during school term-time.

Mel Meggs, Strategic Director for Children’s Services, said:

“We know many young people are keen to earn money, especially at the weekend or during the school holidays.

“This can be a valuable introduction to the world of work – being employed is a fabulous opportunity for young people to gain skills and experience, as well as be paid in the process.

“Nationally, it’s known there are employers in breach of the legislation surrounding child employment. In some cases they are simply unaware of it.

“By ensuring a young person holds a permit, employers can remove the risk to themselves and also help young employees to be treated fairly and safely. The permits are free and it’s easy to apply.”

April is National Child Employment Month and you can find more information about permits in Kirklees by visiting the council website.