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According to the BC Act, light work refers to work or jobs that are not considered harmful to a child`s health or development. Light work includes tasks such as: The province says all children aged 12 and older can continue to work on a business or farm owned by an immediate family member, as long as the work meets the province`s safety criteria. The end of the workday is when the teen is no longer wearing makeup or suit. This can be travel time or waiting time for transportation. No later than 22:00 if the next day is a school day, or 12:30 if the next day is not a school day. If the school is not in session, a child can work until 2 a.m. For live shows, up to 3 children can be assigned to a supervising adult who also works as a background or background actor on the same production set. Children working in British Columbia are subject to the Employment Standards Act. Children must work under the direct supervision of a person who is at least 19 years old.

If a young person works in the entertainment industry in a position other than acting, background actor or extra, the general rules of employment for young people apply. In addition, there are exceptions to the Department`s definition of «light work». Under the Workers` Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, employees in British Columbia have 3 important health and safety rights: Children under the age of 14 may only work with the written consent of a parent or guardian and the approval of Employment Standards. A parent or guardian must give written permission to their child to work, and the employer must keep a record of written consent. Depending on the age of the child, there are different conditions for hiring young people. Some types of gardening, such as mowing grass or raking leaves in some cases, children aged 14 and 15 are also allowed to work outside that definition, but only with a permit from the Department of Labor`s Department of Employment Standards, he said. «Non-light work» means work that could be considered harmful to the health, safety or development of a child. Children between the ages of 14 and 15 may engage in occupations considered «light work» (see below) provided they have the written consent of a parent or guardian. To do work that is not considered light work, they need the written consent of a parent or guardian and the approval of Employment Standards, a provincial government. These are specific forms, which are explained below. Effective October 15, the general age of work in British Columbia will increase from 12 to 16.

The new regulation, first announced in July, aims to align the province with international health and safety standards for child workplaces. Generally, children under the age of 14 require a work permit issued by Employment Standards. In addition, 14- or 15-year-olds require a permit for work that is not «light work» (see above). You work for a family business and will not perform tasks that are not considered easy work Plan to arrive 15 to 30 minutes early. Don`t be late. Do not bring other children, relatives or friends. Check with the person appointed on set (usually the assistant director`s department) and tutor, if applicable. Disconnect at the end of the workday – don`t let anyone else log out for your child. Hours of work cannot be changed until Employment Standards receives written approval from Employment Standards. Permission is usually only granted for special circumstances such as the availability of filming locations, live TV productions or outdoor filming early in the morning or late at night.

The new rules will come into effect in October. 15 and will align the province with international youth employment standards, the Ministry of Labour said in a statement Wednesday. The delay in implementing the changes is intended to allow employers and young workers to adapt to the new requirements. If an employer requires permission to employ a child, the child`s parent or guardian must accept the employment relationship. The recommendation of a school board is required if a permit is required and the child is working during the school year. While consent and recommendation are required, these are not the only factors that determine whether the Director approves an application for a child work permit. The law also describes some jobs as hard work. Examples: There are certain health and safety requirements that an employer must meet when hiring an employee under the age of 25.

For example, employers must ensure that young workers receive appropriate training and orientation before starting a new job. For more information, visit the WorkSafeBC website. The province says it is also working to define «hazardous work» for people aged 16 to 18, with regulatory changes expected later this year. The government`s website outlines the new age groups and the types of jobs allowed in each. Specifically for youth aged 14 and 15, it defines light work jobs as follows: To hire a child under the age of 14 or a child aged 14 or 15 for work that is not light work, an employer must complete an application for a child work permit (PDF). The child`s parents/guardians and the school board also complete parts of the application form. According to WorkSafeBC, more than $1.1 million in disability claims were paid to workers under the age of 14 between 2007 and 2016. The new rules also include changes to employment standards for caregivers and babysitters. This will allow people who provide home care and child care services to work under more flexible agreements protected by the Employment Standards Act. British Columbia is making this change to protect young workers.

«Light work» refers to occupations that are not considered harmful to a child`s health or development. Employers who intend to hire children under the age of 16 must apply for a child work permit if the child performs tasks listed in Non-light work Examples of «light work» in the province include: Entering the labour market is an important step in every young person`s life. The age rules you must have to work in British Columbia vary depending on the type of work. Learn about the most important laws that affect youth and work. Employers must ensure that they have adequate first aid procedures in place for their workplace. Connect with someone you know who works or has worked in the industry your child may work in. Encourage your child to ask questions about occupational health and safety. Before your child starts working, review their script or discuss their role with the employer.

The employer should provide an interpreter if necessary. Employers who hire individuals 16 years of age and older must comply with all regular employee employment standards and meet WorkSafeBC`s requirements for young workers under 25. Consider the following questions based on the industry your child works in. Under the amended law, 14- and 15-year-olds can still do a lot of age-appropriate work that the government has called «light work,» but only with the permission of a parent or guardian. According to WorkSafeBC, young workers often work in hazardous environments on construction sites or in heavy industry. The new regulation will come into force on October 15, 2021 and will raise the general age of employment from 12 to 16. The province has defined the types of jobs for youth aged 14 to 15 as «light work.» The new rules also do not prevent children from babysitting or delivering newspapers part-time, or students from working in a study or internship course. The province says workers aged 14 and 15 can do «light work» with the permission of a parent or guardian. «Work experience can be a rewarding opportunity for growth for young people, but it should never compromise their safety,» B.C. Labour Secretary Harry Bains said in the statement. «We know that most employers make the safety of all their employees their top priority, and these changes clarify the age-appropriate types of jobs for young workers.» Working with goods or providing services that a minor cannot legally purchase or consume Parents play a unique role in how children think about workplace safety. Sharing knowledge and experiences with children can help them develop safe attitudes and behaviours.

Employers are ultimately responsible for the health and safety of employees, but everyone has a role to play in protecting children in the workplace. Employers are required to provide safety advice and training to their employees before starting a new job or task. Employers must keep records of all guidance and training. Light work includes work in leisure and sports clubs, light agricultural and agricultural work, administrative and secretarial work, retail work, restoration work, and skilled and technical work. British Columbia is making changes to its employment standards this fall, raising the overall working age for youth from 12 to 16. Under British Columbia law, a youth from the age of 16 can work in the province without needing anyone`s permission. All time spent on set, including tutoring time, is paid. Children are entitled to a daily minimum wage – at least two hours a day. Meal breaks are not included in paid time.

There are exceptions to some of these rules, for example for children working in the entertainment industry (more on this below). «We are committed to protecting B.C. workers of all ages from unsafe working conditions and unfair work practices,» said Bains. And we are improving British Columbia`s employment standards to reflect the changing needs of our workplaces. Once the filming schedule is known, and at least 48 hours (two business days) before the date a written authorization is required, send a written request to ESBDataIntegrity@gov.bc.ca that includes: There are special rules for children working in the entertainment industry as actors, performers or extras.