YA Program Employment: Legal Requirements

What are the legal requirements governing YA student employment?

Work Contracts:


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)Child Labor web site for applicable hours and times of the day that minors may work in Wisconsin.


The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers pay YA students for all hours worked as part of the YA program. Beginning wage rates must be no less than the minimum wage but may vary above that amount as determined by the employer or the local consortium.

Child Labor Laws:

Insurance and Liability:

Unions and Layoffs:

Youth Apprenticeship Regulations, Policy, and Procedures Manual 2018
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