The regulations regarding working time are complex, but, to summarise them briefly, the main limitations and requirements for young workers are:
a. A maximum working time of eight hours a day and 40 hours per week, and an uninterrupted 30 minute in-work rest break when working longer than four and a half hours. College time doesn’t count as work, unless it’s part of job-related training.
b. The limits in (a) don’t apply where the work by the young person is necessary to maintain continuity of service or production, or to respond to a surge in demand for service or product, provided that there is no adult available to perform the duties and the young person's education and training needs are not adversely affected.
c. 12 consecutive hours' rest in any 24 hour period.
d. A two day rest period in each seven day period.
e. In general, young persons are not allowed to work at night or within the 'restricted period', i.e. between 10pm and 6am (or between 11pm and 7am if contracted to work after 10pm).
f. The prohibition in (e) doesn’t apply in the circumstances outlined in (b) to a young worker in a hospital or similar establishment, or in connection with cultural, artistic, sporting or advertising activities.
g. The prohibition in (e) doesn’t apply in the circumstances outlined in (b), except where it prohibits work between midnight and 4am in agriculture, retail trading, postal or newspaper deliveries, a catering business, a hotel, public house, restaurant, bar or similar establishment, or a bakery.
h. Where the exceptions in (f) or (g) apply, the young worker must be supervised by an adult worker where necessary for the young worker's protection, and allowed an equivalent period of compensatory rest.
i. A free assessment of health and capabilities must be provided prior to assignment to night work and at regular intervals thereafter.
j. Detailed records must be retained for two years.