Wisconsin’s solution to the ‘labor shortage’? Child labor.

Why not, right?

Lauren Elizabeth
3 min readOct 24, 2021
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For months on end, we’ve been hearing about the “labor shortage” plaguing the United States. Now, with the holiday season approaching and inflation skyrocketing, there has been a renewed sense of urgency when it comes to the supply chain issues in particular and how they should be dealt with. In the state of Wisconsin, their Senate has come up with what they perceive to be a reasonable way to help solve the problem.

Wisconsin’s solution? Child labor.

Grace Dean with Insider writes:

“Wisconsin’s Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that would allow 14 and 15-year-olds to work until 11 p.m. on some days — much later than current laws allow.

Supporters of the bill say it could help plug the state’s labor shortage.

Wisconsin currently sticks to federal child-labor laws, which stipulate that people under the age of 16 can only work between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. from June 1 to Labor Day, and between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for the rest of the year.

The proposed bill would allow this group to instead work from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on days before a school day, and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. when the next day isn’t a school day…”



Lauren Elizabeth

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