Working Hours for Working Children

REGULATIONS ON WORKING HOURS OF A CHILD

The term “hours of work” includes (1) all time during which a child is required to be at a prescribed workplace, and (2) all time during which a child is suffered or permitted to work. Rest periods of short duration during working hours shall be counted as hours worked.

The following hours of work shall be observed for any child allowed to work under R.A. No. 9231 and its Implementing Rules:

(a) For a child below fifteen (15) years of age, the hours of work shall not be more than twenty (20) hours per week, provided that the work shall not be more than four (4) hours at any given day;
(b) For a child fifteen (15) years of age but below eighteen (18) , the hours of work shall not be more than eight (8) hours a day, and in no case beyond forty (40) hours a week; and

(c) No child below fifteen (15) years of age shall be allowed to work between eight (8) o’clock in the evening and six (6) o’clock in the morning of the following day and no child fifteen (15) years of age but below eighteen (18) shall be allowed to work between ten (10) o’clock in the evening and six (6) o’clock in the morning of the following day.

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