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Almost 30% of American jobs require a license today. Being licensed means individuals and businesses must follow specific laws and regulations. Licensure requirements also protect public health, safety and welfare by setting standards for education, training, qualifications, practices, etc.

However, getting a professional license can be difficult, especially for those professionals who relocate to a new state. In some instances, despite having done a job elsewhere, new training or courses are needed to ensure compliance. That means more time and money spent.

So the FTC, under the leadership of Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen, established the Economic Liberty Task Force to examine barriers to job growth and business innovation, such as licensure requirements across the country.

The Task Force is hosting a free public roundtable on July 27 in Washington, D.C. to bring together interested parties to discuss professional licensure requirements and where changes or improvements may help benefit employees everywhere such as reciprocity and exemptions for certain active-duty military personnel.

If you are a professional license holder, you can submit a comment to the FTC on the roundtable website.  A list of topics for discussion and questions that the Task Force is seeking comment on can also be found there. Information on how to attend the roundtable is also available.

If you have questions about a professional license in Massachusetts or the requirements needed to obtain a license, contact the Division of Professional Licensure.

If you have additional questions, contact the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation by calling our Consumer Hotline at (617) 973-8787, or toll-free in MA at (888) 283-3757, Monday through Friday, from 9 am-4:30 pm. Follow the Office on Facebook and Twitter, @Mass_Consumer. The Baker-Polito Administration’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation along with its five agencies work together to achieve two goals: to protect and empower consumers through advocacy and education, and to ensure a fair playing field for Massachusetts businesses. The Office also oversees the state’s Lemon Laws, data breach reporting, Home Improvement Contractor Programs and the state’s Do Not Call Registry.

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