Wisconsin Child Labor laws & HR compliance analysis

Wisconsin Child Labor: What you need to know

In Wisconsin, workers that have not reached the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of unemployment. State law restricts the occupations in which they may be employed and the number of hours they may work. Distinctions are made among children according to age, with special rules and exceptions in some groups (WI Stat. Sec. 103.66et seq.). Additionally, employers subject to coverage by both state and federal child labor laws must comply with the more stringent provisions.
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Given the complexity of these child labor laws, employers that are uncertain about employing minors in certain occupations or during unusual hours should consult the state Equal Rights Division of the Department of Workforce Development before making hiring decisions.
If a minor is injured while working in an employment listed as prohibited, the employer will have absolute liability for the injury.
Minors under the age of 18. Minors under the age of 18 may not be employed in any occupation considered to be hazardous to health, safety, or welfare. This includes, but is not limited to:
• Operating a motor vehicle on public roads as a regular job duty
• Working with most power-driven machinery
• Working with explosives; hoisting apparatus; in excavation, wrecking, and demolition
• Employment requiring work on a roof (except occasional work such as installing an antenna)
• Employment requiring work with bakery machines
• Employment requiring work operating, setting up, or cleaning food slicers
• Employment requiring work with power-driven woodworking machines
• Employment requiring work with paper recycling equipment unless equipped with protective guards and emergency shutoff
• Employment requiring work slaughtering or ...

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