Underage Jobs and Part-Time Work – Minors under the age of 15 can work part-time.

With summer in full swing, “school-aged” students are enjoying their vacations and helping out at some part-time job. But what about minors under the age of 15 or those who have not yet completed their primary education?

As elsewhere, there are exceptions

As the current Civil Code stipulates in Article 34, it is forbidden to make minors under 15 or those who have not completed compulsory education work. In order to be allowed to work (temporary labor), they must cumulatively reach the age of 15 and complete compulsory education. Thus, for example, if a person has reached the age of 15 but has not completed his/her primary education, he/she may not work part-time.
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However, there are exceptions for life and legal work for which one does not have to have reached the age of 15 or completed elementary school. These exceptions include activities such as:

  • artistic activities – e.g., those working in the theater, those with musical talent
  • sports activities[38 , – e.g. athletes.
  • Cultural activities – e.g., people who organize cultural events for the public,
  • Advertising activities – e.g., people who promote products through advertising.

For traditional temporary workers, teenagers

As indicated earlier, there are not many options for legitimate gainful employment if one has not reached the age of 15 or completed basic education. The above positions require some talent, luck, or good contacts working in these fields. If a teenager wants to do a more traditional job, such as selling ice cream in the summer, restocking a store, running a cash register, or helping out at the post office, he or she must wait until they turn 15 and finish elementary school.
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What is your opinion? In your opinion, is it okay that the law protects minors from dependent work in this way, or should the legal restrictions be lowered or abolished altogether so that minors can earn extra money and are not solely dependent on their parents\’ money?