Getting a work permit in Massachusetts is much easier than most teens think, but the entire process can be pretty confusing if you've never done it before. Because of this, we've created this page which outlines everything you need to know about getting a work permit in Massachusetts. If you're under the age of 16, a work permit is required to work part-time at any company, so follow what we've outlined here and you can get a job in no time.
Massachusetts may be one of our older states (the sixth in 1788), however younger workers are able to be employed with a work permit. In Massachusetts, minors as young as 14 are able to seek employment, and a work permit is required for all minors under the age of 18 who would like to obtain employment. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in Massachusetts.
The process to obtain a work permit in Massachusetts is not complex. For youth aged 14 and 15, there is a bit more that needs to be completed in order to receive the permit, however for youth aged 14-17, the process to secure a work permit is straightforward overall. Prior to a minor being able to complete the permit process, they must first secure employment. Employment information will be required to be entered on the Employment Permit application. Minors in Massachusetts who are seeking to work should take the following steps to obtain a work permit:
The work permit is not able to be transferred from one job to another. This applies even if the employer is the same but the location is different. Should an employer want to employer a minor at more than one location, they will have to have a permit on file at each location.
While minors aged 14 through 17 are able to obtain employment, they must have a work permit in order to begin working. The first step for the minor is to find an employer who is willing to hire them. Once the minor has found an employer, the employer must complete the “Promise of Employment” section of the Employment Permit application. In regards to work permits, employers in Massachusetts have the following responsibilities:
Employers in Massachusetts who are interested in hiring minors aged 14-17 should not find it difficult to do so. The process that the employer needs to follow is straightforward and their role in the minor obtaining a work permit is minimal. The employer will want to be sure they follow child labor laws and refrain from putting the minor to work prior to their having a work permit on file.