The Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce will no longer be issuing work permits for minors.
The Chamber has offered the service for more than 30 years, but legislative changes last year led to a drop in the number of young workers seeking permits. As of June 2017, minors ages 16 and 17 no longer need a work permit.
Prior to the law change the Chamber handled a few dozen work permits a month, but that number has dropped to less than a dozen a month, according to President and CEO Taylor Pedersen. Due to the low volume, and the fact that the Chamber was losing money providing the service, Oct. 31 was the last day it issued work permits for minors.
"It was a tough decision to make just looking at how long we've done work permits," Pedersen said, but the Chamber is focusing staff time on more value-added services.
Work permits can still be obtained through area schools: the Superior School District administration office at 3025 Tower Ave., Northwestern High School, Northwood and Solon Springs schools.
A work permit is required for anyone under age 16 to work in any job, with the exception of agriculture or domestic service work, according to the Department of Workforce Development.
What industries hire minors?
Based on historical data, Pedersen said, minors under 18 are employed in local call centers, the retail and hospitality sector, including fast food, and as personal care workers. There are only a few jobs open to 13-year-olds, however, such as refereeing some sporting events.
Information needed to obtain a work permit includes the minor's birth certificate or other proof of age, Social Security card, a letter from the employer describing job duties and hours of work as well as a parent's consent in writing. There is a $10 permit fee, which the employer must reimburse by the date of the first paycheck.
Visit dwd.wisconsin.gov or call a participating school for information: Northwestern High School in Maple, 715-363-2431; Northwood High School in Minong, 715-466-2297; Solon Springs School, 715-378-2263; or Superior School District, 715-394-8700.