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How many hours can a 15/16 year old work whilst in school?

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Children and young people that are employed under the compulsory school leaving age are called child workers.

During school holidays they are not allowed to work more than 7 hours per day, up to a maximum of 37 hours per week.

On a Saturday during term time they can work for up to 7 hours.

If they work for 4 hours continuously Monday-Saturday, they are entitled to a one hour break.

Your employer must notify the Education Authority that they have employed you. The Education Authority will then be responsible for ensuring your employer treats you properly.

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