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Child Labor: Wisconsin

Child Labor requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Gloria Ju


  • Wisconsin's child labor laws regulate the employment of minors under 18 years of age.
  • Wisconsin prohibits employers from employing minors in certain occupations. See Prohibited Occupations.
  • The law limits the hours during which 14- and 15-year-olds may work. See Hours of Work.
  • Minors have rights to meal periods. See Break Periods.
  • Minors must obtain a work permit in order to work. Employers are responsible for paying the permit fee. See Employment Certificates.