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Last Updated: Friday May 31 2002 15:21 GMT

What is the law for kids?

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Before you start looking for a job, phone your local council. They may have made their own changes to these laws:

Under 13?

The Children and Young Persons Act says that you must be at least 13 to have a job.

13 or 14?

You can work a for up to five hours a day on Saturdays and school holidays. You must not work for more than 25 hours a week.

15 or older?

If you're 15 or older you can work for up to 8 hours a day on Saturdays and school holidays. You must not work for more than 35 hours a week.

Need a break?

Don't worry, all children must have at least a two-week break from any work during the school holidays.

That's according to the European Community Directive 94/33, issued in August 1998.



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