Initial examination of young employees and young trainees

No employer may employ young people, whether as apprentices or as employees, without a medical certificate. According to the law, young people are people from the age of 15 to the age of majority. Before entering working life, young people must be thoroughly examined for their state of health by a doctor. The aim of the study is to ensure that young people are not engaged in work that they cannot cope with in terms of health or development. One year after the start of work, a follow-up examination must take place, which can thus determine any impact of employment on the health and development of young people. These medical certificates must be presented to the employer. Without these certificates, the young people may not be employed.

Identity card or passport or, if available, the children's ID card.

An examination authorization certificate and a survey form are required: the examination authorization certificate serves as a billing document and must be handed in to the examining physician so that they can fill it out the questionnaire is used to present the current physical and psychological situation and must be submitted in full to the examining doctor.

A youth-employment protection examination is not required in the case of only minor or no longer than two months of employment with light work, of which no health disadvantages for the young person or the young person are to be feared. As a rule, these conditions are likely to be fulfilled in the case of employment during the school holidays. If you come from an EU country and would like to start training or employment in the Federal Republic of Germany, please contact your responsible Structure and Licensing Directorate, Regional Office for Labour Supervision, if you have any questions.

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