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Massachusetts Law About Child Labor

Summary of Laws

Summary of Massachusetts Laws Regulating Minors' Work Hours and Occupation Restrictions, Dept. of Occupational Safety. Includes both Federal and State Laws.

Massachusetts Laws

MGL. c.149, s.56-105. Scroll down in chapter to section labeled Work by Women and Children.

Federal Laws

29 USC 212: Child Labor. Be sure to also look at laws by subject below.

Youth and Labor, US Dept. of Labor. To find laws and regulations, select a topic, then click on Laws and Regulations on this topic.


Child Labor Law Forms

Selected Cases

Commonwealth v. Avram A., 83 Mass. App. Ct. 208 (2013). Juvenile could be required to work to pay restitution. "[W]e ... reject the juvenile's suggestion that he should be excused from paying restitution because it is contrary to contemporary mores or even "taboo" to permit a juvenile of twelve to sixteen years to earn money by obtaining a paper route, mowing lawns, raking leaves, shoveling snow, baby-sitting, delivering groceries, or by recycling items upon which a deposit had been paid. As the judge properly noted, there exists statutory permission for children as young as nine years of age to participate in the delivery and sales of newspapers, G. L. c. 149, ยง 69, and there is no statutory prohibition against the other remunerative pursuits ordinarily associated with childhood listed above." New!

Other Web Sources

The Attorney General's Guide for Working Teens, Mass. Attorney General. "[Provides] teens, and those who employ or look out for teens, with valuable information to protect themselves in the workplace. The guide includes sections on additional topics such as: work permits, prohibited jobs for teens, reducing the risk of being hurt, and workers' compensation."

How old must a child be to babysit in Massachusetts?, Mass. Trial Court Law Libraries.

Youth Employment Laws, Mass. Attorney General. Includes information for teens on minimum wage, locking up, late night, and workplace hazards. The information is helpful, but doesn't include citations to the applicable laws.

Youth Employment, Mass. Dept. of Occupational Safety. Summarizes 2007 changes to child labor laws, and provides access to the necessary work permit application for teens ages 14-17.

Print Sources

Employment Law, Mass. Practice v.45, sec.14.20 et seq., Thomson West, 2003 with supplement.

Your Rights on the Job, pp.48-49, Labor Guild of Boston, 2008.