Texas Child Labor in Entertainment & Performing Arts
Child labor laws on Texas 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.
Texas' Child Labor Laws for Entertainment & Performing Arts
Under Texas law, a work permit is not required for minors to be employed in the entertainment industry.
Child labor in the entertainment industry is regulated in Texas law, under 13-5(H)-902 & 904.
Minors under the age of 14 need to submit an application for authorization signed by the agency and parent, proof of age and a photograph, under 13-5(H)-902 & 904. Contracts are limited to no more than 7 years, and courts may require a portion of all earnings be set aside for the minor in a trust.
Other Texas Child Labor Laws
In addition to laws specifically regulating minors employed in the entertainment industry, Texas law has a variety of regulations that cover child labor in general. To learn more, see Texas child labor laws.