Subject - 16- and 17-year-old minors no longer need a work permit

From: Newton, Delora - DWD
Sent: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 11:08 AM

Effective Date

June 23, 2017

Why is this change being made?

Governor Walker signed a law removing the requirement of 16- and 17-year-olds to obtain a work permit prior to beginning work. The law change takes effect on Friday, June 23

What are the changes?

This means DVR staff will no longer need to provide payment for work permits for individuals age 16 and older in Internship/Temporary work or paid work services or other Pre-ETS services, including summer work programs, based in the WDA's after June 23, 2017. Work permits are still required for 14- and 15-year-olds.

Changes to Wisconsin's child labor law remove the requirement that 16- and 17-year-old minors obtain work permits prior to beginning work. This law also changes the terminology to be used and refers to the "employment of minors" instead of "child labor."

View the complete 2017 Wisconsin Act 11.

Questions about how to apply the law? Contact the Equal Rights Division at 608-266-6860 or

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