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Protection from work that harms you

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What does this mean?

It’s your right to be protected from work that harms you.

If you’re under 18, your focus should be on your education and you should be protected from jobs that aren’t safe or that are bad for your health and education.

EXAMPLE: There are laws in Ireland that say you can’t work until you are 14 years old and you can only work in certain jobs, for a certain amount of hours.

 

Learn more about this right

  • UNCRC, article 32: It’s your right to be protected from work that harms you and is bad for your health and education. If you work, you have the right to be safe and paid fairly.
  • The Protection of Young Person Employment Act 1996 outlines all the rights and entitlements that protect young people while they work in Ireland. It’s your right to work in a safe environment and not to do work that is bad for your health or that interferes with your education.
  • It’s your right to get paid fairly for the work that you do. If you are 14 or 15, you are not allowed by law to work more than 8 hours a week during term time and 35 hours a week during holidays.
  • It’s your right to take rest breaks while you are working. These vary according to your age: for example, if you are under 16, you should get 30 minutes rest after 4 hours worked. Find out more here.