South Asia Legal Minimum Age for Employment

Key national laws and legal provisions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as they relate to ILO Conventions No. 138 on Minimum Age to Employment and Hazardous Work.

The legal working age is the minimum age required by law for a person to work, in a country. Some types of labour are commonly prohibited even for those above the working age, if they have not reached yet the age of majority. Activities that are dangerous, harmful to the health or that may affect the morals of minors fall into this category. This document outlines the legal minimum age for employment, the minimum age for undertaking light work and that for being involved in hazardous work as per the national legislation in the South Asian countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It also alludes to any legal provisions made for guaranteeing compulsory education to children in these 7 countries.