July 26th, 2016
As schools, colleges and universities break up for summer, there’s all sorts planned. Pokémon Go—gotta catch ’em all—might keep you busy. For some, a fun-packed holiday abroad is on the cards.
But many students will start a new job. Summer is an ideal time to gain new skills—and earn some cash!
There’s usually a summer job to suit everyone. You could be volunteering overseas or working in residential summer camps, outdoor centres, festivals or holiday parks.
Wherever you end up, it’s worth being aware of the law and how it can help you.
There are laws covering the type of work you can and can’t do, minimum wages, working hours and rest breaks, to name just a few.
To find out more about employment law for young people, visit the Citizens Advice website.
Article categories: Advice
August 19th, 2015
Did you know that it’s illegal to die in the UK’s Houses of Parliament?
Or that California Law prohibits a woman from driving a car while dressed in a housecoat?
Whilst these unusual pieces of legislation might rarely be enforced, you might be surprised by what can land you in hot water elsewhere in the world.
Millions of us travel abroad each year, but when preparing to head overseas most of us think about sunshine, sandy beaches and sangria. It’s rare that we think to take the time to see how our expectations fit in with local laws and customs.
Subsequently, each summer we read of unwitting legal breaches by British tourists and the sometimes harsh punishments they face because of them.
You might be surprised to learn that:
• in Dubai in 2010 a British couple were sentenced to a month in prison for kissing and subsequently fined £200 for drinking alcohol
• under French law it’s illegal to wear a full veil, balaclava or any other garment that conceals the face
• in Russia, it’s illegal to photograph sites of strategic military importance including airports
If you should find yourself in trouble, it’s helpful to know what support is available. Some useful starting points include:
• contacting your nearest British embassy
• help finding English speaking lawyers
• help finding interpreters and translators
It can also be helpful to know how to find a lawyer working in England and Wales but who knows about another country’s laws. There’s more advice about this in our FAQs section.
Don’t forget as well that you can find out about another country’s laws and customs from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office – just take a look at their travel advice pages.