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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Draft sets out working conditions for minor employees

Updated: 14:30’ - 12/08/2020
Employers might employ persons aged under 15 to do jobs suitable to their health but must obtain the consent of their parents or guardians.

It is highlighted in a draft circular on employment of under-15 persons prepared by the MOLISA.

As per the draft, under-13 persons might be employed to work in such fields as arts, physical training and sports provided that their physical, mental and personality development are not affected.

The draft underlines that organizations and individuals employing under-15 persons must possess an unblemished criminal record which reports no child abuse or violence against children.

Employers would also be required to care and create favorable conditions for their minor employees in terms of working environment, education and training opportunities and prevention of child abuse at the workplace.  In addition, employers must be aware of children’s rights and duties and work out solutions for protection of children at the workplace; and respect and listen to employees’ opinions on issues relating to their jobs.

Employers would be prohibited from requiring persons aged from full 13 years to under 15 years to work more than four hours per day or 20 hours per week and under-13 persons to work more than three hours per day or 15 hours per week. Overtime or night shift would not be allowed for such minor employees. Particularly for under-15 persons working in the fields of arts, physical training and sports, a flexible working hour regime prescribed by the Government would be applied.- (VLLF)

 

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