Wisconsin Rules for Employing Minors
Employers in Wisconsin must conform with these state rules relating to the employment of minors.
In Wisconsin, before a minor under 18 years of age is permitted to work, a work permit must be on file with each employer.
Employment Certificate Special Rules and Exceptions
Exceptions and special rules apply for employment in:
- domestic service
- volunteer work
- nonprofit fund raising
Street trade permits. Street trade permits are required for minors engaging in selling or offering for sale, soliciting or collecting, displaying or distributing: newspapers, magazines, articles, goods, merchandise, circulars, posters, commercial service or shoe shining.
Minors engaged in fund raising for nonprofit organizations are exempt from the required street trade permits if an employer-employee relationship does not exist.
Nonprofit work for the elderly or disabled. A minor 12 years of age and older may be employed by a nonprofit organization in and around the home of an elderly person or a person with a disability to perform chores such as snow shoveling, lawn mowing, leaf raking or similar work. Certain conditions must be met, including the written consent of a parent or guardian.