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Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act, 1977

Duties of employer of young person or child.

5.(1) Any employer who employs a young person or child to work for him shall—

(a) before employing the young person or child, require the production of a copy of the birth certificate of, or other satisfactory evidence of the age of, the young person or child, as the case may be,

(b) before employing a child, obtain the written permission of the parent or guardian of the child, and

(c) maintain a register, or other satisfactory record containing the following particulars of every young person or child employed by him—

(i) the full name of the young person or child;

(ii) the date of birth of the young person or child;

(iii) the time the young person or child commences work each day;

(iv) the time the young person or child finishes work each day;

(v) the rate of wages or salary paid to the young person or child for his normal working hours per day, per week, per month or per year, as the case may be;

(vi) the total amount paid to each young person or child by way of wages or salary.

(2) Where for the purposes of this section, an employer requires the production of the birth certificate of a young person or a child, any person shall, on presenting a written requisition in such form and containing such particulars as may be directed by the Minister for Health and on payment of the appointed fee, be entitled to obtain a certified copy of the entry of the birth of that person in the register of births under the hand of the registrar or superintendent registrar or other person having the custody thereof, and forms for such requisition shall on request be supplied without any charge by every registrar of births and by every superintendent registrar or other person having the custody of the register.

(3) The Minister for Health may, with the consent of the Minister and the Minister for Finance, by regulations appoint fees for the purposes of subsection (2) of this section.

(4) An employer who fails to comply with the provisions of this section and the parent or guardian of a young person or child who aids or abets an employer in the contravention of this section shall be guilty of an offence.