New measures to protect young workers aged between 16 and 17 from working excessive or unsociable hours have been announced by employment relations minister Alan Johnson.
The regulations, due to come into force on 6 April, will ensure around 40,000 young workers do not exceed 40 hours a week or eight hours in one day. They will also prohibit 16- and 17-year-olds from night working.
Johnson said: "The regulations will give 40,000 young people better rights without damaging their employment prospects. Young people are a vulnerable section of the British workforce."
Some sectors of industry are exempted from the legislation.