A Guide To Employment Rights for Under 16s
This information is to help you with this general subject. If you have been affected by this issue or would like some further information please contact us.
This information is intended as a guide and is not an authoritative interpretation of the law.
You are allowed to work if you are under 16, but the rules are set by Local Authorities so they are slightly different across Scotland. This information will give you a general idea of what your rights are, but you will need to check with your Local Authority to find out what their regulations say.
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