Emergency rule sought by Talent Development Council creates exemptions for child labor permits
By Joshua Morby
In late April the Talent Development Council, a coalition of trade groups and employers reached out to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to extend the deadline
waiving requirements for youth who are 14 and 15 years old to obtain work permits.
"We're glad to be able to provide a positive update for employers on the status of the rule," said Josh Morby of the Talent Development Council.
With specified exceptions, DWD 270 prohibits employing or permitting a minor to work unless the minor first obtains a child labor permit. The new emergency rule creates a new temporary exception that applies during the period beginning on May 11, 2020, and ending on September 1, 2020.
During that period, the new exception allows employers to employ minors who are 14 and 15 years old and who have not obtained child labor permits. For the exception to apply, an employer or authorized individual must sign a written intent to hire. In addition, the employer must obtain the minor's proof of age, parent or guardian consent, and a copy of the minor's social security card. The rule also requires the employer to notify the Department of Workforce Development about the minor and, no later than October 1, 2020, file an application for a child labor permit on behalf of the minor and pay the permit fee.
"It's important to point out that the recent state supreme court ruling has no impact on the emergency rule. The rule creates an enforcement holiday from May 11 to September 1. Employers then have until Oct. 1 to file all the necessary documents at a permit labor office."
The Wisconsin Workforce Development Association and the Talent Development Council are dedicated to serving businesses and workers during this difficult time. We will continue to engage local employers, educators, and community organizations to effectively align resources. Please follow us on social media or visit us online for more information: www.wwda.org