May is Young Worker Safety Month in Massachusetts. As many teenagers are looking for summer jobs at this time, it is important to remember that anyone under the age of eighteen must have a job-specific work permit before starting any job. To learn about the process for obtaining a work permit, the Department of Labor Standards has mapped out each of the steps that need to be taken. See: http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/dls/youth-employment/youth-permit-process.pdf
Work permit applications are posted to DLS’s website at www.mass.gov/dols/youth.
There are also links to information about keeping teens safe on the job.
Working together, we can help teens to become skilled, savvy, and SAFE this summer as they undertake new and important responsibilities in the workforce.
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