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Wisconsin Rules for Employing Minors

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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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:

  • agriculture
  • domestic service
  • apprenticeships
  • volunteer work
  • entertainment
  • 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.

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