Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act, 1996

Employment of young persons under regulations.

8.—(1) The Minister may, by regulations, permit any group or category of employers to employ young persons on terms specified in the regulations in lieu of any of those referred to in section 6 (1) and may include in the regulations such conditions as the Minister sees fit:

Provided that the Minister is satisfied that—

(a) the terms of the regulations are in compliance with the terms of the Directive,

(b) the health, welfare and safety of the employees affected will not be endangered, and

(c) compliance with one or more of the terms of section 6 (1) would be impractical due to the seasonal nature of the work or the technical or organisational requirements of the work or for other substantial reasons.

(2) Before making regulations under subsection (1), the Minister shall—

(a) consult such representatives of employers and representatives of employees as the Minister considers appropriate, and

(b) publish in such manner as the Minister thinks fit notice of the Minister's intention to do so and give persons desiring to make representations in relation to the proposed regulations a period of 21 days to do so.