Effective November 20, 2013, child models who live or work in New York State will be covered by Labor Law and regulations as Child Performers.
The basic requirements for parents, guardians, and employers of child models are as follows:
- Employers who engage a child model to work in this state must obtain a certificate to employ the model.
- Parents or guardians must obtain a Child Performer Permit so the model is eligible to work in this state.
Child Model Legislation:
New York Labor Law defines a child performer as anyone under the age of 18 who renders artistic or creative services. Up until now, models have been excluded from this definition, and in turn from the New York State Department of Labor’s regulations governing the protection of child performers. We decided this needed to change.
We created a petition to give child models the same legal protections as all child performers, and on June 9th, 2013, we were joined by Senators Jeffrey Klein and Diane Savino at a press conference at Lincoln Center to announce proposed legislation that would afford child models in New York those protections. A full length video of the press conference is available here.
On June 12, 2013 the New York State Senate and Assembly unanimously voted to pass the proposed legislation. We are thrilled by the support this legislation has received and we look forward to the day it is signed into law.