A minor must be 14 to work, but there are certain exceptions.
  • Children may work at any age on a farm owned or operated by their parents.
  • Children as young as 9 may deliver newspapers with a special badge and written consent of a parent or guardian.
  • Minors age 10 and 11 may engage in limited seasonal work with special permission from the federal Secretary of Labor.
  • Minors 12 or older may sell certain articles for sale in public places, although selling door-to-door is prohibited until the age of 16.
  • Minors age 12 and 13 may work on farms with their parents or at other farms if they have the written consent of their parents.

The law also covers theatrical work. Minors under the age of 16 may not be engaged in any capacity in entertainment unless their employer is granted a special waiver by the Attorney General. There are several exceptions to this provision, including participation in educational activities. For exceptions, see M.G.L. c. 149, § 104.