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3 Tips for Holiday Work and Seasonal Work

Young people from 13 to 18 years old can work outside school hours and also during vacations. But special conditions apply. For example, they aren't allowed to do heavy or dangerous work. There are also adjusted work and rest times for young people. Keep the following points in mind.

1. Rules about the type of holiday work

Employees under the age of 18 may not always do the same work as adult employees. Certain activities are prohibited by law. An overview per age category.

Employees aged 16 and 17 can do almost any kind of work. There are nevertheless a few important exceptions. They aren't allowed to work at night, do call services and work overtime.

In addition, young people under the age of 18 aren't allowed to do certain hazardous activities. For example, working with toxic substances or in a noisy environment. There must also be expert supervision and the workplace must be safe, according to the rules in the Working Conditions Act.

15-year-old employees may only do light, non-industrial work. For example, they can fill boxes or help with packing. They can also pick fruit and vegetables, do light harvesting activities and feed small animals. Many other supporting work is also permitted, for example in the hospitality industry. But they aren't allowed to work in places where alcohol is served.

They are also not allowed to work in a factory or with machines, lift heavy items or work behind a cash register.

Employees aged 13 and 14 can do odd jobs and help with non-industrial work. Just like 15 year olds, they aren't allowed to work with machines, work in a factory or lift heavy items.

2. Working and rest times holiday work

Adjusted working hours apply to persons under the age of 18. An overview per age category.

Employees aged 16 and 17 may:

Work a maximum of 45 hours in a week. Work 40 hours a week on average over a period of 4 weeks or longer. Don't overtime. Take extra rest times and breaks. Work under conditions on Sundays.

Note: School time in a working week or on a working day also counts as 'working time', unpaid of course.

Employees of 15 years may:

Work a maximum of 5 days a week. As long as they are compulsory; Work 2 hours a day and 12 hours a week. On non-school days they are allowed to work 8 hours and in total 40 hours per holiday week. If they are exempt from compulsory education; Work 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week. Don't overtime. Take extra rest times and breaks. With permission from parents and under certain conditions work on Sundays.

Note: school time in a working week or on a working day also counts as 'working time', unpaid of course.

Employees aged 13 and 14 may:

Not working on school days (only chores around the house, maximum 2 hours). Don't work on Sundays. Work a maximum of 7 hours a day on non-school days. Work a maximum of 12 hours per week in a school week. Work a maximum of 35 hours a week in a holiday week. Work a maximum of 4 holiday weeks per year, of which a maximum of 3 consecutive weeks. Work a maximum of 5 days a week. Take extra rest times and breaks. Rules working hours per sector

Extra rules for working hours apply in certain sectors, such as in healthcare, mining and the transport sector. There are also additional rules for work in cinemas, the hotel and catering industry and cleaning.

You can find brochures with the adjusted rules for each sector on the website of the National Government. If your company works according to a collective agreement, you can also find the rules for working hours therein.

3. Wage holiday work

Employees up to and including 21 years of age pay at least the statutory minimum youth wage that's valid for their age category. A table with the current amounts per age can be found in the article Minimum wage, 7 questions and answers.

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The amounts of the minimum wage are adjusted every six months. So regularly check the current minimum wage. If you work with a collective agreement, higher amounts may apply per age and type of work.

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