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YA Program Employment: Legal Requirements

What are the legal requirements governing YA student employment?

Work Contracts

YA students and employers must have a signed Education/Training Agreement (ETA) on file with both the school and the employer.


The hours a YA student works in the program during the hours school is in session during the day do not count towards the limitation on total hours a minor may work. Review the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Employment of Minors and Work Permits for applicable hours and times of the day that minors may work in Wisconsin.

Employment of Minors (Child Labor) Laws

Youth Apprenticeship Employment of Minors

Secondary and Post-Secondary Articulation

Unions and Layoffs

Youth Apprenticeship Regulations, Policy, and Procedures Manual 2020 (PDF)