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State Labor Info


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Do you know the child actor labor laws for your state?  If you're looking to pursue a career in entertainment for your child or if you are an entertainment industry professional looking to employ a child in your production, it is important that you know the child actor labor laws in both your home state and any state in which you intend to work.

In California and New York, for example, there are a number of child actor labor laws that regulate when and how a child can work.  Additionally, many states require an entertainment work permit and a studio teacher to provide for the education of working children. 

For Production Companies

If you are a production company seeking to employ a child actor, you can research the child actor labor laws for all 50 states right here on ChildrenInFilm.com.  Find out whether or not you need a permit or if a Studio Teacher is required by law. You can also find out how many hours each child can work per day.

For Parents

Learning the child actor labor laws in your state is one of the first steps towards becoming a successful child actor parent.  You'll want to learn about and obtain an entertainment work permit, find out if a trust account is required in your state, or if your talent agency is required to hold a license.  ChildrenInFilm.com can answer all of these questions.

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When labor laws do not mandate education on set, it’s up to you to be proactive about the academic needs of your working children.  Make sure kids are allowed time to do school work during the work day and that teachers have been provided to assist them.

If you are working on a SAG signatory production, teachers are required if a minor is guaranteed three (3) or more consecutive days of employment.

"Ignorance of the law excuses no man"
                   - John Selden,
                     Jurist (1584-1634)