Inhospitable legal climate keeps youngsters out of work

Hospitality
industry employers are loathe to offer work experience and part-time jobs to
the under-16s because of the prohibitive legislation involved.

The
British Hospitality Association (BHA) claims there are so many barriers that it
is often not worth the effort for many employers to help youngsters.

Regulations
stipulate that youngsters can only work five hours on a Saturday, two hours on
a Sunday and are not allowed to do any evening work.

Nick
Scade, a restaurateur and chairman of the BHA’s restaurant arm, said the
regulations ignored the practicalities of the industry. As a result, he said:
“The industry loses out and so do the youngsters.”

By
Roisin Woolnough

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