Massachusetts Child Labor in Entertainment & Performing Arts
Child labor laws on Massachusetts and Federal levels have special provisions that apply to underage performers in the entertainment industry such as child actors, models, singers, etc. Due to the nature of the work and the established need for child performers, entertainment industry child labor laws tend to be less strict than general child labor regulations.
Regulation of child labor in the entertainment industry may include specification of whether or not employment certificates are required, mandatory consent from a parent or guardian, restricions on the type of work that can be done, and more.
Massachusetts' Child Labor Laws for Entertainment & Performing Arts
Under state law, a Massachusetts work permit is required for minors to be employed in the entertainment industry.
Child labor in the entertainment industry is regulated in Massachusetts law, under Chap. 149, Sec. 60.
Minors under the age of 16 may take part on the stage in a theater where not more than 2 performances are given in one day and not more than 8 performances are given in any one week with written permission from the attorney general.
Other Massachusetts Child Labor Laws
In addition to laws specifically regulating minors employed in the entertainment industry, Massachusetts law has a variety of regulations that cover child labor in general. To learn more, see Massachusetts child labor laws.