Legislation in Parliament today to increase legal working age to 16 | Daily News

Legislation in Parliament today to increase legal working age to 16

The Government will present legislation in parliament today to amend Sri Lanka’s labour laws, changing the minimum age of employment from 14 to 16 years of age.

Accordingly, the Government will bring amendments to four Acts relating to the field of labour in Parliament today, a spokesman for the Labour Ministry said. The Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva stated that the major purpose of these amendments is to increase the age of recruitment of a Sri Lankan to 16 years with the decision taken by the Government to increase the compulsory education in the country to 16 years recently.

The Minister said that these amendments will be made in accordance with the Convention on the Elimination of Child Labour of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which was signed and ratified by Sri Lanka.

Accordingly, the Shops and Office Employees Act No. 19 of 1954, the Factories Ordinance No. 45 of 1942, the Employment of Women, Youth and Children Act No. 47 of 1956 and the Minimum Wage of Indian Workers (Amendment) Act No. 27 of 1927 will be amended according to the new minimum age of employment.

After this amendment, it will be illegal to employ anyone under the age of 16 in any job, the minister said.

However, the Minister pointed out that the amendment does not prevent a child under the age of 16 from participating in the agri-business activities of his parents or family before or after the commencement of school and in any business activity organized for an educational institution or charitable activities.