Employer responsibilities young people
As an employer, the tax and employment responsibilities you have for your staff will depend on the type of contract you give them and their employment status.
You can employ young people if they are 13 or over but there are special rules about how long they can work and what jobs they can do. Once someone is 18 they’re classed as an ‘adult worker’ and different rules apply.
As well as following these rules you must do a risk assessment before taking on young workers.
Young people may also have certain employment rights like:
- statutory maternity pay and ordinary statutory paternity pay if they qualify as a result of their continuous employment.
- paid time off for study and training.
- redundancy pay.
Young workers and apprentices have different rates from adult workers for the National Minimum Wage.