August 22 2016.

A friend’s 17-year-old son has asked whether you have any holiday/weekend work you could offer. Are there any statutory rights that are specific to under 18s?

Generally speaking 16 and 17 year olds must not work for more than eight hours in any given day, or in excess of 40 hours per week and must not, under any circumstances, work for an employer between the hours of midnight and 4am. They must have at least 12 hours of uninterrupted rest within any 24-hour period in which they work, and a rest break of at least 30 minutes if a shift will last longer than four and a half hours. Furthermore, they must have at least two consecutive days off per week.

A worker aged 16 or 17 (but not an apprentice) is entitled to the National Minimum Wage of at least £3.87 per hour. This will rise to £4.00 on the 1st of October 2016. This rate applies regardless of whether the younger worker is part-time, full-time or employed on a casual basis.