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Basic Guide to Child Labour (Wholesale and Retail)

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In the interests of the well-being; education; physical and mental health; and spiritual, moral and social development of children; the employment of children under the age of 15 is illegal, and children under the age of 18 may not be employed to do inappropriate work.


Sectoral Determination 9 applies to all employers and workers in the wholesale and retail sector, including those associated with-
  • merchandising,
  • warehousing, or
  • distribution operations.
The determination does not apply to workers who are covered by-
  • another sectoral determination, or
  • a bargaining council agreement.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies in respect of any matter not covered by this sectoral determination.


Children Under 15

It is a criminal offence to employ a child under the age of 15.

Children Under 18

Children aged 15 to 18 may not be employed to do work inappropriate for their age or work that places them at risk.
An employer must retain a copy of all records of workers under the age of 18 years for at least 3 years.

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