Minors and Youth

Minimum Age for Employment

Minimum age for employment is 14 years.

Source: § 89(2) of the Labour Proclamation No. 377/2003 (amended by Proc. No. 466/2005 & Proc. No. 494/2006)

Minimum Age for Hazardous Work

Minimum Age for Hazardous Work is set as 18 years. Workers between the ages of 14 to 18 years are classified as young workers. It is prohibited to employ young workers which on account of its nature or due to the condition in which it is carried out, endangers the life or health of the young workers performing it. The Minister may prescribe the list of activities prohibited to young worker which shall include in particular: work in the transport of passengers and goods; work on electric power transmission lines; underground work in mines and quarries; work in sewers and digging tunnels.

The Labor Proclamation, however, allows children above the age of 14 to engage in hazardous work if it is performed following a government-approved vocational training course. It is reported that during Government has issued a Young Workers' Directive which includes an updated list of hazardous occupations for children, including work in mines, glass factories, domestic labor, and on the streets. Normal working hours for young persons may not exceed seven hours per day. It is prohibited to employ young workers on night work between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.; overtime work; weekly rest days; and public holidays.

Source: § 89-91 of the Labour Proclamation No. 377/2003 (amended by Proc. No. 466/2005 & Proc. No. 494/2006)

Regulations on Minors and Youth

  • Labour Proclamation No.377/2003 / የአሰሪና ሰራተኛ ዓዋጅ ቁ. 377/2003
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