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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.