20 January 2010 by

Employment Alert

Regulations on hazardous work by children in South Africa

In terms of a Government Gazette dated 15 January 2010, the Minister of Labour published Regulations on hazardous work by children in South Africa. The Regulations were published in terms of section 44 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA).

In terms of the Regulations a "child worker" is defined as a person under the age of 18 who is employed by or works for an employer and who receives or entitled to receive any remuneration. In terms of the BCEA, it is unlawful to employ a child under the age of 15 years. The Regulations accordingly apply to employees between the ages of 15 and 18 years.

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