The Child Labor Laws contain limitations on the hours and conditions of work for youth under the age of 17. The Attorney General's Office is authorized to issue temporary waivers of time restrictions contained in M.G.L. c. 149, s. 60, for children working in entertainment, theater or film (see M.G.L. c. 149, s. 104 ).

In general, waivers granted under M.G.L. c. 149, s. 104, will contain the following conditions:

  • Minors between the ages of 6 months and 2 years may work no more than two hours in a day. Their full shifts, which must include travel from the studio to the location and meal and rest breaks, may not exceed four hours in a day.
  • Minors between the ages of 2 years and 6 years may work no more than three hours in a day. Their full shifts, which must include travel from the studio to the location and meal and rest breaks, may not exceed six hours.
  • Minors between the ages of 6 years and 9 years may work no more than six hours in a day. Their full shifts, which must include travel from the studio to the location and meal and rest breaks, may not exceed seven hours.
  • Minors between the ages of 9 years and 15 years may work no more than seven hours in a day. Their full shifts, which must include travel from the studio to the location and meal and rest breaks, may not exceed eight hours in a day.
  • Minors under the age of 16 may work for no more than six days a week and may only work between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. All production-related activities, including hairdressing and make-up and travel time between the studio and location, are to be included as working time and are subject to the hours restrictions listed above.
  • For all youth, a minimum of twelve hours must elapse between the time a minor is dismissed on one day and the call time or the time make-up or hairdressing begins on the following days.
  • In all cases, waivers are contingent on strict compliance with all provisions of the Massachusetts wage and hour laws contained in M.G.L. c. 149, s. 104, and related chapters.