Assembly OKs bill relaxing child labor restrictions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has passed a Republican bill that would further loosen child labor restrictions.

The bill would allow minors to work in businesses owned in whole or in part by their parents or guardians without a child work permit. The bill doesn’t change current limitations on when minors can work or how long, minimum wage requirements or restrictions on hazardous employment.

The Assembly approved the bill on a voice vote Tuesday.

The Senate approved the bill in October. The measure now goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

Walker signed a bill in June that eliminated work permits for 16- and 17-year-olds, ending a century-old requirement that teenagers obtain a parent’s signature and permit to work.

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