The Fair Labor Standards Act was established in 1938 and outlines federal laws that are ultimately used to protect employees in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. This legislation establishes a minimum wage for all workers, as well as overtime pay, and also sets standards for keeping records and youth employment. Employment as a minor is very important to many young individuals in the country and their protection is a priority.
The laws established by the FLSA set the age of 14 as the minimum age at which a minor can work in a non-agricultural position. There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, children can work in television or radio, or even deliver the local newspaper, at any age. Agricultural positions follow a different age guideline, as do some states in which the minimum age is higher than that set by the FLSA.