Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Child Labor Law Guide

DPI release:

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD), DPI, and Cooperative Educational Service Agency 6 collaborated on a new guide to child labor laws, to help parents, employers, and school officials ensure a safe, rewarding experience for students balancing work and school.

“Working just a few hours a week … helps [students] develop basic soft skills critical to success in the world of work, such as being punctual, dressing appropriately, communicating and working well with others,” DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said. “Plus, they get a paycheck and learn to manage money. When it’s done right, an after-school job for students can be a great learning experience.”

“Work-based learning in Wisconsin is an important component to every child graduating from high school ready for college and career,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said. “Students should have quality opportunities to experience possible careers first-hand.” Evers said the guide would help ensure students’ work experiences are good and safe.

The Guide to Wisconsin’s Child Labor Laws includes key definitions, like the difference between an intern or trainee and an employee entitled to wages; states when a work permit is required and when it isn’t; covers liability and insurance questions; and lists employment and equipment restrictions.

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