Minimum age(s) for admission to employment
CRC Article = 32(2)(a)
Article 32(2) of the CRC obligates States Parties to take measures for the implementation of the right of the child to protection against economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child's education, or to be harmful to the child's health or development. In particular, States Parties are required, having regard to the relevant provisions of other international instruments, to provide for a minimum age or minimum ages for admission to employment. Relevant provisions of other international instruments include Article 10(3) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966) and Article 7 of the European Social Charter (1961). ILO Convention No. 138 Concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment (1973) sets 18 as the minimum age for any employment which is likely to jeopardise a person's health, safety or morals and establishes a general minimum age of 15 for employment. It permits States Parties whose economies and educational facilities are insufficiently developed to set the lower age of 14.
Child labour Conditions of employment Economic exploitation Enforcement of child labour standards Harmful work Hazardous work Hours of employment Minimum age(s)