New York State Child Performer Regulations
The New York State Department of Labor issued Child Performer Regulations, effective April 1, 2013. The full text of the regulations and assessments on public comments can be found on the DOL website at: http://labor.ny.gov/legal/child-performer-regulations.shtm. The final regulations were published in the State Register on March 6, 2013, and will also be included in the New York Code of Rules and Regulations ("NYCRR") as 12 NYCRR Part 186. Before the regulations were adopted, SAG-AFTRA worked extensively with the DOL to ensure that minor performers were afforded necessary protections in the entertainment industry. We are happy to report that many of our comments were taken into consideration and the final text reflects our collective bargaining agreements in many respects.
The adopted regulations call for the following:
SAG-AFTRA believes these regulations will help protect child performers by creating a safe and productive environment when they work in the New York entertainment and media industries. SAG-AFTRA will continue to monitor the regulations and work with the DOL to ensure best practices continue to evolve. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the following SAG-AFTRA staff members:
Sarah Tarlow, Senior Counsel
Huseina Sulaimanee, Case Manager
Laws pertaining to work permits vary widely from state to state. Most states require a general work permit before a minor may engage in any type of employment.
States such as California, New York, Louisiana and New Mexico have special work permits and rules and proof of trust (a.k.a. Coogan) accounts for children who are employed in the entertainment industry. You will find information about those special permits and rules through the following links:
For more information about your state’s laws in relation to the employment of minors visit the following websites:
New Hampshire: http://www.labor.state.nh.us/youth_employment.asp
North Carolina: http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/rules1933/rules1933.html
Rhode Island: http://www.dlt.ri.gov/ls/childlabor.htm
Washington State: http://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/TeenWorkers/default.asp