State Regulations for Massachusetts

Date Revised: 01/04/2019

Governing Body:

Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services 

License Required for Day Camps :
License Required for Resident Camps:
License Information:

Day Camps and Overnight Camps:

105 CMR 430.00 - Minimum Standards for Recreational Camps for Children

Camps operated by a municipal recreation department are exempt from this licensing requirement. See Advisory to Municipal Boards of Health and Recreation Departments.

Criminal Background Checks Required:
Criminal Background Checks Information:

For both staff and volunteers

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)

Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS)

Criminal History Systems Board
200 Arlington St.
Suite 2200
Chelsea, MA 02150
(617) 660-4640

Fees range up to $30 depending on party requesting information

State Allows FBI Checks:
Driving Record Checks:

Request for Driving Record from the Mass. Dept. of Transportation.

  • Fee of $20
State Sex Offender Registry:

Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB)

Minimum Wage:

$11.00 per hour

The Massachusetts minimum wage rate automatically increases to 10 cents above the rate set in the Fair Labor Standards Act if the Federal minimum wage equals or becomes higher than the State minimum.

Minimum Wage Coverage and Exemptions:

Covers all employees unless specifically exempt; Exemptions: professional service employees

Subminimum Wage:

Not less than 80% of minimum wage for students, learners, apprentices, and handicapped workers with a special certificate for a fixed period from the Labor Commissioner; applies only to first 80 hours of employment in retail, merchandising, and laundry occupations.

Certain minimum rates are set: $1.25/hour for ushers, ticket sellers/takers; $36/week for janitors and caretakers of residential property who are furnished living quarters; $1.60/hour for agricultural workers (except minors under 17 and the employer’s parent, spouse, child, or other immediate family member) and $1.85 for all others.

Overtime Pay Requirements:

1½ times regular rate after 40-hour week (sums paid as commissions, drawing accounts, bonuses, or other incentive pay based on sales or production are excluded from both the regular and overtime rate computation).

Overtime Pay Exemptions:

Employees in a nonprofit charitable summer camp; laborers in agriculture and farming on a farm; employees in a nonprofit school or college; those in a business or seasonal operation carried on not more than 120 days in any year; those employees exempt from the state minimum wage; janitors or caretakers of residential property who are furnished with living quarters and are paid at least $30 a week; bona fide executives, administrators, or professionals, or qualified trainees earning more than $80 a week; learners, apprentices or handicapped persons under a special license

Meal/Rest Period Requirements:

Meal period: 30 minutes after 6 hours of work (violations subject to $300 - $600 fine).

Student Exemption Information:

You can call the Seasonal Employer Certification number for your specific questions. 617-626-5451