Twenty more jobs added to dangerous jobs list
The Cabinet has granted approval to amend the Dangerous Employment Order under Women, Young Persons and Children Employment Act.
Act No. 47 of 1956 is currently being implemented to regulate the employment of women, youth and children and to ensure their job security.
This proposal was tabled by Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva.
Accordingly, the minimum age requirement for child labour has been increased to 16 years since January 2021.
Further, the Labour Minister issued a dangerous jobs order based on amendments made accordingly.
At present, there are 51 occupations dubbed as 'hazardous' for youth aged between 16 to 18 years and employing them for the relevant jobs is a punishable offence.
Under the new amendment, 20 more hazardous jobs in the fields of beauty culture, computers, electronics, and domestic service were included, increasing the total number of such jobs to 71.