Minimum age for light work
Convention No. 138 and Recommendation No. 146
National laws or regulations may permit the employment of young persons on light work from the age of 13 to 15. Light work may be provided for those who are 15 years or older and have not yet finished their compulsory education. The competent authority must determine the activities that will be allowed as light work, as well as the hours and conditions of such work. The age for light work can be set at 12 by countries who have set 14 as the general minimum age because their economy or educational facilities are insufficiently developed (for as long as the situation lasts).
The legislation of some countries contains more precise definitions of light work. It might include:
Link to school attendance
The importance of safeguarding a child's attendance at school and the ability of the child to benefit from education is underlined. While the method for doing so is left up to the ratifying State, prohibiting work during school hours should be a minimum prerequisite for accomplishing this. In addition, limiting hours outside school hours during term time appears equally important in order to limit fatigue and allow time for study and recreation.
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