Why doesn’t most jobs only allow 16 + to work? Is it because of not having an national insurance number?

  • by stacey
  • Nov 13,2017
  • 10 answers

Why doesn’t most jobs only allow 16 + to work? Is it because of not having an national insurance number?


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STEPHEN 7 days ago

There are lots of laws about employing children. Most of them are of the "you can't" variety.
"Why doesn’t most jobs only allow 16 + to work?" You should have paid more attention in English classes.

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Elaine M 7 days ago

16 is underage and isn't allowed due to the child labor laws. It has nothing to do with insurance.
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The U.S. Congress passed two laws, in 1918 and 1922, but the Supreme Court declared both unconstitutional. In 1924, Congress proposed a constitutional amendment prohibiting child labor, but the states did not ratify it. Then, in 1938, Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act.
A History of Child Labor
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H. Marie 7 days ago

there could be some insurance coverage limitations as to people 16
at 16 this is still considered a minor and in some work places minors are not permitted to work near machinery that could cause them harm

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Casey Y 7 days ago

There are child labor laws, that's why.

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Beverly S 7 days ago

In the US it's because they feel under 16 isn't ready to work (mature enough).

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curtisports2 7 days ago

Child labor laws and liability lawyers. It isn't worth the hassle for a company. Children may work at an earlier age in a family business, where the law is less restrictive.

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Tavy 7 days ago

I employed 15 year olds in my catering business in Cornwall. Nothing to do with NI numbers but we found that age was still a bit silly and not very sensible.
At 16 you should be in full education or an apprenticeship, so presume you are looking for part time. Hundreds apply.
UK

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Goodbye last week

Hey,
It's about your age not NI number (UK obvs.)
At 16-18 you can do most jobs you might want to if you are in College and wanting some cash (e.g. retail, that sort of thing) but nothing dangerous to you. Under 16 there are hardly any jobs someone can take you on for, if they are a big company. Small employers may still take you on semi informally like and paper rounds and leaflet posting are okay.
Hope that's a help :)

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Maxi last week

Business and employee insurance purposes , they attend full time school so limited hours they are allowed to work.
I have two under 16yr old working for me, love them both, they are great, very keen on what they do, they don't let me down and both know they have a part time job as long as they continue studying and I hope they both go onto higher education college and Uni and qualify as they are brilliant. Many small businesses will employ under 16yr old, there are no set minimum wage for under 16yrs although I pay them over 16yr old minimum and businesses don't pay NI/tax on under 16yrs old...so maybe many companies are not set up/too big to bother, they are still added to end of year business accounts
You have an NIN from birth so it is not the reason, although normally you do not get it set to you until 15/16 yr old

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Oldwhiteguy2earth last week

In America, most employers don't want to hire people under 16 or even under 18 because there were so many laws put in to "protect" children. Why put up with the hassle?

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