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Wisconsin Senate approves longer work hours for teenagers

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Posted at 7:37 PM, Oct 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-20 20:37:01-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Teenagers could work longer hours over the busy summer tourism months in Wisconsin under a bill the state Senate has approved.

The measure is backed by Republicans and the state’s hotel, restaurant and grocery industries, but opposed by Democrats and the Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

Current law does not allow 14- and 15-year-olds to work later than 7 p.m. from after Labor Day until May 31 and no later than 9 p.m. over the summer.

The bill would allow employees under age 16 to work until 9:30 p.m. before a school day and up until 11 p.m. when they don’t have school the next day. The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote Wednesday. It goes next to the Assembly.

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