No minimum pay for young teens

Thirteen- and 14-year-olds have no right to a statutory minimum wage, the appeal court ruled today. Unions had gone to court, arguing that because 15-year-olds were entitled to a minimum wage, younger teenagers should be protected as well.

The court ruled that 13- and 14-year-olds were only allowed to perform light tasks. Furthermore, a minimum wage might encourage them to skip school and work instead.

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