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Senate approves longer work hours for teenagers; bill goes to Assembly

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Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 10:29 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2021 at 11:22 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Teenagers would be allowed to work longer hours over the busy summer tourism months in Wisconsin under a bill that passed the state Senate on a voice vote Wednesday.

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

It goes next to the Assembly.

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