Wisconsin Child Labor Laws
In Wisconsin, youth volunteers are governed by Wisconsin Child Labor
Laws (Chapter DWD 270). Areas governed include the age of the youth
volunteer, the type of work a youth volunteer person would be doing, work hours
and time of day, permission from parents, supervision during volunteer time, and
economic exploitation of teen volunteers.
To assist colleagues in their work, three sets of documents have
been prepared. These include a general overview of the child labor
laws with specific attention to a non-profit organization operating
a food stand for fund raising purposes, youth serving as camp
counselors, and youth engaged in community service. This work
was completed in cooperation with the UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development
Program Area and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Labor Standards Division.
Within 4-H Youth Development, we encourage
a strong adult to youth ratio to support youth in volunteer roles.
We need to insure that volunteering is safe and educational for
our youth members.