Staffing agencies must be either licensed as employment agencies or registered as placement agencies by the Department of Labor Standards in order to conduct business in the state, regardless of whether or not the agency has a physical office within state borders, in accordance with the Employment Agency Law, M.G.L. c. 140, §§46B.

On August 7, 2012, Governor Deval L. Patrick signed the Temporary Workers Right to Know bill into law (“TWRTKL”).  The effective date of this law, which amended Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 149, Section 159C, was January 31, 2013.  DLS administers the TWRTKL, while the Office of the Attorney General is the enforcing entity.  DLS will be promulgating regulations to implement the TWRTKL which will further spell out the obligations of staffing agencies.  To understand the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards’ regulation of staffing agencies, please read our frequently asked questions below.

Staffing Agencies FAQs
To understand the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards’ regulation of staffing agencies, please read our frequently asked questions.

Employment Agency Law, M.G.L. c. 140, §§46A-46R

Temporary Workers Right to Know Law, M.G.L. c. 149, §159C

Initial License and Registration Application

Renewal License and Registration Applications

Sample Job Order

Notice of Temporary Workers’  Rights under the TWRTK pdf format of Notice of Temporary Workers’  Rights under the TWRTK

Temporary Agencies and Worksite Employers Share Responsibility for Keeping Temporary Workers Safe

Information for Staffing Agencies Regarding the Temporary Workers Right to Know Law (brochure)  pdf format of Information for Staffing Agencies TWRTKL

Información para Agencias de Trabajo Temporero sobre la Ley del Derecho de los Trabajadores Temporeros de Estar Informados pdf format of Información para Agencias de Trabajo Temporero

Informação para as Agências de Recrutamento de Pessoal Quanto ao Direito dos Trabalhadores Temporários de Saberem as Leis pdf format of Informação para as Agências de Recrutamento de Pessoal

Related Links to Assist Staffing Agencies