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WI Finance Committee approves eliminating child work permits - #NellLaw

As most residents understand, Wisconsin requires all minors to obtain a parent authorized work permit before acquiring employment.  Do they also understand that Wisconsin is just one of only 15 states that maintain this requirement for residents under the age of 18?

This road block for some may soon be eliminated, as Republican lawmakers move to strike the requirement for all 16-17 year olds in the state. 

While some share concerns of the bill causing problems with children getting jobs on their own, IE., “leading to human trafficking”, others claim erasing the requirement would open the door for young adults who are currently unable to get parental consent for work, and stable networks that go along with employment.

The author of Bill AB 25, Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, claims the bill would "eliminate a layer of government bureaucracy and streamline the employment process for Wisconsin teens”.  

Further, WCLO states that,

"The bill does not modify current state and federal laws related to hours and times of day a minor may work, and restricted or prohibited employment for minors are not being changed.” 

As reported by AP Wire Service, Democrats state that,

“a Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis shows state and local governments would lose $730,000 in revenue by doing away with permits for 16- and 17-year-olds...

Local governments collect $2.50 from each permit fee. The state uses the remaining money to fund six positions in the Department of Workforce Development that enforce child labor laws.”

All said, we wonder if the law is a benefit to the young adults of our state, or a beaurocratic money maker in place to fund the same.  What's your take?

 

ABOUT ATTORNEY TRICIA A. NELL, TRICIA NELL LAW OFFICE, S.C.

With seventeen years (17) years of diverse litigation experience, as both a criminal and civil attorney, in October 2012, Attorney Tricia A. Nell decided to utilize her extensive knowledge and skills to form her own law firm, Tricia Nell Law Office, S.C.

For more information or to contact us for legal assistance, please call 855-LAW-Nell.