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Regulations Applicable Children, ie. to those under 16 yrs

The Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act 1996 generally prohibits the employment of children (i.e. those under 16) however there are some exceptions to this general rule:

Enforcing rights


Where a child or young person considers that he/she has been victimised for seeking to have the legislation applied (for example, by refusing to work prohibited hours), then a complaint may be referred to a Rights Commissioner. An employer who employs a young person or child contrary to the Act is liable to prosecution. Inspectors from the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment have responsibility for enforcing the legislation.