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New Campaign to Make North Yorkshire Teenagers Aware of Working Rights

New Campaign to Make North Yorkshire Teenagers Aware of Working Rights

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:06am 26th March 2012.

A new intiative designed to ensure that children with part-time jobs are properly safeguarded while at work is being supported by North Yorkshire County Council.

‘Child Employment Fortnight’, which runs from March 26 to  to April 6, will highlight the fact that many young people benefit from part-time working … and that child employment laws exist to safeguard their education, health and welfare.

“There are concerns that a lack of awareness and understanding of the law is leaving young people vulnerable to unacceptable treatment and even worse open to  injury,” said County Councillor Carl Les, Executive Member for children’s services.

“The aim of this initiative is to increase awareness of the law and thus ensure more young people are working safely and legally.”

The law allows a young person to be employed from the age of thirteen.

The law specifies the permitted hours, types of employment and makes it essential for employers to obtain a work permit for school age employees.

It includes the rights of the employee and the responsibilities of the employer.

Children working without a permit may not be covered by any form of insurance, regardless of the policies that the employer has in force.

Employers who breach this legislation are risking the safety of young people and can face fines of up to £1000.

More information about Child Employment Fortnight in North Yorkshire or about child employment law is available from the Welfare Team on 01609 533405, or online at http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/childemployment .

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