Recent interviews completed by Teens at Work Project staff within the Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Surveillance Program found that among over 250 teens who had sustained a workplace injury, 25% of those teens did not have an employment permit. Parents, schools, and employers need to work together to make sure that teens have employment permits before they begin a job.
The Massachusetts Child Labor Laws restrict the type of jobs that minors can do as well as the hours that teens can work. These laws are meant to protect minors from hazardous work and ensure that they are working a reasonable number of hours within certain times of the day and year.
Massachusetts was the first state to enact a child labor law, in 1836, requiring children under the age of fifteen working in factories to go to school a minimum of three months per year. Certainly, a lot has changed in the world of work from over 175 years ago, but minors still have, and still need, special legal protections as workers until they reach the age of majority. For more information about the youth employment permit process or child labor laws in Massachusetts, visit www.mass.gov/dols/youth.
Up on the Rooftop—Don’t Put Your Workers at Risk During Snow Removal posted on Feb 18
Removing snow from rooftops on municipal and state properties must be done safely to protect workers from injury. After excessive snowfalls like we have seen, the weight of the snow could impact the structural integrity of roofs and can be a cause for concern. Workers …Continue Reading Up on the Rooftop—Don’t Put Your Workers at Risk During Snow Removal
Turning up the Heat in the Workplace—Guidelines for Minimum Temperatures posted on Feb 4
With indoor heating systems working on overdrive this time of year, the Department of Labor Standards often fields calls about employer obligations for workplace heat in stores, offices, and other indoor businesses. Private sector employers in Massachusetts are obligated by federal law (OSHA) to provide …Continue Reading Turning up the Heat in the Workplace—Guidelines for Minimum Temperatures
The Green Book Goes Digital ‒ Department of Labor Relations Posts First Searchable Database on MA Public Employee Collective Bargaining Laws posted on Feb 2
The Department of Labor Relations (DLR) has created a searchable electronic Green Book, giving readers free and easy access to Massachusetts Public Employee Collective Bargaining Laws with inter-active links to cited law, regulations and cases.