Worcester, MA asked in Employment Law for Massachusetts

Q: Is it legal for me to work until 11 PM?

I live in Massachusetts. I'm 16 years old and I applied to a nursing home but they told me they might not be able to hire me because I might not be able to work until 11 PM. I can't find an answer online. Everything seems to suggest it's only like that for minors that go to school but I don't.

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Jonathan R. Roth
Jonathan R. Roth
  • Salem, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: The answer according to the Mass Attorney General and the ma.gov website is as follows:

16 and 17-year olds work hours

Only between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. (on nights preceding a regularly scheduled school day) - if the establishment stops serving clients or customers at 10:00 p.m., the minor may be employed until 10:15 p.m.

Only between 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. (on nights not preceding a regularly scheduled school day).

So you can work to 11 pm on a Friday or Saturday night, assuming you do not have regularly scheduled classes on Saturday or Sunday. After 8 pm I believe there has to be a supervisor after 8 pm as well.

You can find the answer at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-laws-regulating-minors-work-hours.

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