Specific categories - young people
If you want to employ young people, the minimum employment age is 15 (or higher if compulsory full-time schooling continues after age 15).
However, you can employ teenagers under 15 in cultural, artistic, sports or advertising activities, as long as prior authorisation has been given by the competent authority.
You can also employ children between 14 and 15 years old as part of a work/training scheme or a work-experience scheme. Children who are at least 14 (in certain cases 13) can also perform light work.
Prior to employing young people you must be aware of the specific, stricter rules on working time, night work and breaks established due to their vulnerability. As an employer you also have a general obligation to take the necessary measures to protect the health and safety of young people.
EU countries can choose to set stricter rules than the minimum requirements for protecting young people.
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