Minors in the Workplace

Vote to Protect Minors in the Workplace


State Representative Barbara L’Italien voted in favor of legislation strengthening protections to all
Massachusetts children, under the age of 18, in the workplace.


Facts of the bill are as follows:

  • Took steps to further streamline the child work permit process.
  • Strengthens Massachusetts child labor laws.
  • Strengthens the enforcement authority of the Attorney General’s Office by allowing him to fine employers who violate the Child Labor Laws through a civil process.  First offenses would cost $500; second offenses, $1,000; and subsequent offenses, $5,000.
  • Extends working hours for all 16 and 17 year olds, from 10 PM to 11:30 PM on non-school nights.
  • Requires that teens working after 8 PM have an adult supervisor, and prohibits minors from working in jobs that require them to carry a firearm.
  • Reorganizes the work permit application process by requiring each child under the age of 18 to obtain an employment permit from their local school superintendent.


This was the first time since the 1930’s that the Legislature significantly reformed Child Labor statutes.