Minimum Wage Rates
The Government sets the minimum wage rates and these come into force every 1 April every year. Visit the Government Website for the latest rates
At what age can you start work?
The general rule is that you can start part time work from the age of 13; but this can only be 'light work' and must not interfere with your education.
Child Law advice
Visit the Government Website for up to date information
Health and Safety at Work
There are special rules that employers have to follow if you are under 18
Lack of experience can place young workers at greater risk, and employers cannot:
- give you work that is beyond your physical or psychological capacity
- involves harmful exposure to toxins
- involves risk or exposure to to accidents that young people may not appreciate
This TUC worksmart page gives you information and links
The Health and Safety Executive have information and guidance for you
The Health and Safety Executive guide for new and young workers that your employer should follow is here
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents advice for young workers
Problems at Work
There will be times at work when things go wrong, and this section gives information on what happens then
When something goes wrong at work, it is usually because you are not happy with how you feel your employer is treating you; or your employer is not happy with what you have done at work.
If you are not happy, this is usually called a grievance
If your employer is not happy, this is usually called a disciplinary
ACAS have guidance on dealing with workplace problems
Citizens Advice have useful information too
If you are a member of a Trade Union, you can ask them for help.
Discrimination at Work
You have the right not to be discriminated against at work.
The Equality Act 2010 provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has a statutory code of practice for employment
A Trade Union is a group of workers who join together to protect and improve their conditions of employment.
All workers have the right to join or not to join a Trade Union
You can find the right trade union to join on the Trades Union Congress (TUC) website
Trade Union representatives provide information, help, support and representation for you at work. It is unlawful for your employer to tell you that you can't join a Trade Union, even if there is not one in your workplace, or they do not recognise unions. This is a right you have under Article 11 of the Human Right Act