Hiring a young employee

As an employer, you must also remember your normal obligations in dealing with the young person. It is a good idea to make a written employment contract for the young employee and to take care of their payment and holiday allowances. If you are hiring a young person under the age of 18, you are also subject to some additional obligations related to the employment relationship.

According to the law, only work that is not unreasonably burdensome in relation to their age and does not interfere with their school attendance may be carried out by the young person. The involvement of young people in certain jobs and work tasks is either limited or forbidden entirely. It is therefore a good idea to familiarise yourself with the special provisions on this kind of employment relationships on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s website.

If you are hiring an employee under 15 years of age, their guardian must also accept the employment relationship.

Pay particular attention to the orientation of young employees and ensure that the tasks are appropriate for their age. You might be the young person's first employer and have a lot of influence on how they will view work in the future.

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