PO Box 2502
Madison, WI 53701
June 22, 2017 – Update to WI youth employment laws
On June 21, 2017, Governor Scott Walker signed 2017 Act 11 into law. This law eliminates the requirement that minors ages 16-17 obtain a work or street trade permit.
A work permit is still required before anyone under the age of 16 is allowed to work in any job with the exception of agriculture or domestic service work.
Employers must have a work permit on file for the minor being employed before they may allow the minor to begin work.
Details on how and where to obtain a work permit are here.
State youth employment laws prohibit work during times that minors are required to be in school, except for students participating in work experience and career exploration programs operated by the school.
Homeschoolers can work during public school hours since the hours that homeschoolers are “required to be in school” are not necessarily the hours that public school students are required to be in school. Homeschools set their own hours of instruction.
NOTE: Since there are certain conditions which subject some employers to both federal and state rules, and they are required to comply with the more stringent section of the two in these cases, 14-15 year olds should work with their employer in determining which hours they may work (federal rules are more stringent regarding school hours for 14-15 year olds.).