California Child Actor / Model Labor Laws California Child Labor in Entertainment & Performing Arts

Child labor laws on California and Federal levels have special provisions that apply to underage performers in the entertainment industry such as child actors, models, singers, etc. Due to the nature of the work and the established need for child performers, entertainment industry child labor laws tend to be less strict than general child labor regulations.

Regulation of child labor in the entertainment industry may include specification of whether or not employment certificates are required, mandatory consent from a parent or guardian, restricions on the type of work that can be done, and more.

California's Child Labor Laws for Entertainment & Performing Arts

California law does regulate the employment of minors in the entertainment industry.

Under state law, a California work permit is required for minors to be employed in the entertainment industry.

Child labor in the entertainment industry is regulated in California law, under Sec. 6-1308.7, Sec. 6750.

California has extensive requirements for theatrical employment of minors. The California Labor Commissioner issues permits to minors to work in the entertainment industry with required documentation from appropriate school districts as applicable, and/or permits permitting employment of minors in the entertainment industry. The following laws regulate child performances in California:

Sec. 6-1308.7 - A work permit allows minors to work not more than 5 consecutive days in the entertainment or allied industries; allows students to be excused from school for up to 5 absences per school year; and requires school districts to allow pupils to complete all assignments and tests missed during absence.

Sec. 6750 Family Code - Courts may require a portion of earnings be set aside for the minor in a trust.

Other California Child Labor Laws

In addition to laws specifically regulating minors employed in the entertainment industry, California law has a variety of regulations that cover child labor in general. To learn more, see California child labor laws.

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