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February has arrived and many workers feel like they have finally gotten back into their daily routines—unless you are a parent of school-attending children. Many public schools offer a break from classes this month and it is common for working teens to pick up extra hours during that time, especially for the young workers who have jobs in retail and food service. This is all expected and we want to offer the Legal Work Hours for Minors section of the Massachusetts Child Labor Laws in order to make sure working teens keep their safety as a priority.

The Child Labor Laws target two different age groups: 14 & 15-year-olds and 16 & 17-year-olds. Find the applicable regulations in the table below. Also, don’t forget that all teens under 18 must have a Work Permit from the school district where they live or go to school.

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Health Communicator and Outreach Specialist in the Occupational Health Surveillance Program

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