2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
May 16, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Kooyenga, Ballweg, E. Brooks, R.
, Fields, Horlacher, Jacque, Kleefisch, Kremer, Kuglitsch,
Mursau, Novak, Petryk, Rohrkaste, Skowronski, Spiros, Subeck, Tusler
and Zimmerman, cosponsored by Senators Olsen, Craig, Cowles, Kapenga,
Marklein, Vinehout and Vukmir. Referred to Committee on Workforce
AB326,1,2 1An Act to renumber and amend 103.66 (1); and to create 103.66 (1) (b) of the
2statutes; relating to: employment of minors as lifeguards.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law permits the Department of Workforce Development to set
minimum ages for hazardous employment for minors. Under that authority, DWD
has, by rule, prohibited minors 14 and 15 years of age from being employed as
lifeguards. This bill requires DWD to permit minors 15 years of age or older to be
employed as lifeguards.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB326,1 3Section 1. 103.66 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 103.66 (1) (intro.) and
4amended to read:
AB326,2,35 103.66 (1) (intro.) The department may investigate, determine and fix
6reasonable classifications of employments, places of employment and minimum ages
7for hazardous employment for minors, and may issue general or special orders
8prohibiting the employment of minors in employments or places of employment

1prejudicial to the life, health, safety or welfare of minors, and may carry out the
2purposes of ss. 103.64 to 103.82. In fixing minimum ages for hazardous employment
3for minors under this subsection, the department shall permit do all of the following:
AB326,2,8 4(a) Permit the employment of a minor 14 years of age or over as a laboratory
5assistant for a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides educational
6opportunities in medically related fields if the minor is under the direct supervision
7of a mentor and the laboratory at which the minor is employed complies with 10 CFR
and 29 CFR 1910.1030.
AB326,2 9Section 2. 103.66 (1) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
AB326,2,1210 103.66 (1) (b) Permit the employment of a minor 15 years of age or over as a
11lifeguard. The department shall require a minor to have successfully completed a
12bona fide life saving course in order to be employed as a lifeguard.
AB326,2,1313 (End)