Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act 1996
Employment of young persons under licence.
7.—(1) The Minister may, by licence, permit an individual employer to employ young persons on terms specified in the licence in lieu of any of those referred to in section 6 (1) and may attach to the licence such conditions as the Minister sees fit:
Provided that the Minister is satisfied that—
(a) the terms of the licence are in compliance with the terms of the Directive,
(b) the health, welfare and safety of the employees affected will not be endangered, and
(c) compliance with one or more of the terms of section 6 (1) would be impractical due to the seasonal nature of the work or the technical or organisational requirements of the work or for other substantial reasons.
(2) Before granting a licence under subsection (1), the Minister shall consult such representatives of employers and representatives of employees as the Minister considers appropriate.
Modifications (not altering text):
Application of section restricted (21.05.2020) by European Union (International Labour Organisation Work in Fishing Convention) (Minimum Age) Regulations 2020 (S.I. No. 179 of 2020), reg. 7(5).
7.(1) An owner or a master shall not require a person who is under the age of 18 to perform night work on board a fishing vessel.(5) This Regulation shall apply notwithstanding sections 6(1)(b), 7, 8 and 9 of the Act of 1996.
(2) A person over the age of 16 may be required to perform night work where there are objective grounds justifying the requirement provided -
(a) the effective training of the person under an established training programme would be impaired if he or she did not perform night work, or
(b) the specific nature of the duty or an established training programme requires the person to perform duties at night and the competent authority determines that the work will not have a detrimental impact on the person’s health or well-being.
(3) Where a person referred to in paragraph (2) is required to perform night work, the owner or the master shall ensure that the objectives set out in Article 1 of Council Directive 94/33/EC2 are not called into question.
(4) The owner or the master shall ensure that a person who is required to perform night work under paragraph (2) receives appropriate compensatory rest.
(5) This Regulation shall apply notwithstanding sections 6(1)(b), 7, 8 and 9 of the Act of 1996.