May 4, 2023


Small Business Day on Beacon Hill

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
9:00 - 11:00 AM 
University of Massachusetts Club
One Beacon Street, 32nd Floor, Boston


  • Refreshments and Welcome (Representative Paul McMurtry – House Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Small Business)
  • Legislative Update
    • Cost of Doing Business: Stephen Clark, President & CEO, Massachusetts Restaurant Association
    • Small Business & Healthcare: Jon Hurst, President, RAM
    • UI & Tax Competitiveness: Christopher Carlozzi, State Director, NFIB
  • Panel Discussion on Energy Costs
    • Representative Jeffrey N. Roy, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy
    • Bill Ryan, Massachusetts Coalition for Sustainable Energy
  • Keynote Speaker (TBA)
  • Visits with Legislators in the State House

Click here to register.

Small Business Day is FREE for you and your guests!




Child Labor Update

The AG’s Fair Labor Division is planning to publish information related to summer job season, child labor laws and related requirements.


Employment of workers under 18

Office of the Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell enforces laws relating to the employment of workers under 18 and the payment of wages. These laws were written to protect young workers who suffer injuries at much higher rates than adults and who need to balance work and education. As the summer jobs season approaches, the Attorney General’s Office wants to make sure that employers are aware of the laws that are designed to protect young workers on the job. The same laws apply to cities and towns who hire minors during the summer months. Reviewing this information with anyone responsible for employing or supervising minors is the first step toward ensuring a safe work experience. 

  • Minimum wage. The minimum wage in Massachusetts is $15 an hour. Even workers under 18 should be paid at least $15 an hour.
  • Minors younger than 14 may not work. There are a few exceptions, such as babysitting, working as a news carrier, working on farms, or working in entertainment (with a special waiver).
  • Work Permits. Workers under 18 years old need a new work permit for every job. The application for a work permit must be filled out by the parent or guardian, the minor, and employer and submitted to the school district where your child lives or attends school. Minors who are 14 or 15 also need a physician’s signature. For more information about work permits and to download an application, visit
  • Hazardous Jobs. Teens under 18 years of age may not do certain kinds of dangerous work. For a list of prohibited tasks for minors 14-15 and 16-17 years old, please visit the Attorney General’s website at
  • Supervision. After 8 p.m., all workers under 18 must have the direct and immediate supervision of an adult supervisor who is located in the workplace and is reasonably accessible to the minor.

Legal Work Hours for Minors. Massachusetts law controls how early and how late minors may work and how many hours they may work, based on their age. To determine the legal work hours for your student, please visit the AG’s website at