(Nov. 3/16) The New Brunswick government wants to prohibit teens under the age of 16 from having a job, and restrict working hours for 16- and 17-year-olds. The province is trying to comply with ILO Convention 138 http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1081459 that aims to eliminate the abuse and exploitation of children through child labour. As part of its proposal, N.B. wants to classify restaurant work as hazardous, which will deny thousands of teenagers first-job experience.
Here’s what the province is proposing for the restaurant industry:
Why this proposal hurts teens and employers
Many young people work in front-of-house restaurant positions (e.g. hostess, counter-attendant) to earn spending money, pay for extra-curricular activities, and save for their education. They also gain valuable first-job experience. Restaurants and other industries are concerned these new restrictions will reduce these opportunities for young people and worsen labour shortages.
Restaurants Canada has been speaking with politicians in Ottawa, N.B. and other provinces about the value of first-time jobs in our industry. We recommend:
•not classifying first-time jobs in the foodservice industry as hazardous; and
•allowing restaurants to continue to provide first-time job experience to young people 15 years of age and older.
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Read New Brunswick’s discussion paper on this proposal.