Child Labor Laws
In the early 1900’s there were no child labor laws in this country. This meant that children of any age could work in factories and other dangerous places. Many children lost their lives because they worked in unsafe environments. At that time the government interceded and wanted to stop the senseless deaths of children and wrote the child labor laws. In Massachusetts we have our own labor laws that we adhere to. But there are also federal child labor laws that must be adhered to. These laws are in effect to protect working children between the ages of 14 and 17. For more information about Massachusetts Child Labor Laws go to: Child Labor Laws
For more information about Federal Child Labor Laws click here
Did you know that every nine minutes a young worker is injured on the job?
Know Your Right to a Safe Place to Work
From the U.S. Department of Labor Website:
You have the right to:
- Work in a safe place.
- Receive safety and health training in a language that you understand.
- Ask questions if you don’t understand instructions or if something seems unsafe.
- Use and be trained on required safety gear, such as hard hats, goggles and ear plugs.
- Exercise your workplace safety rights without retaliation or discrimination.
- File a confidential complaint with OSHA if you believe there is a serious hazard or that your employer is not following OSHA standards.