1035 Pages of Discovery Finds Lack of Labor Leadership

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Child Performers Coalition (CPC), along with BizParentz Foundation, has led the charge to hold the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) accountable for their disastrous proposed changes to their regulations affecting 6,000 child performers and the 500 productions that employee children. We continue to say that Labor has taken bunch of bad ideas and […]

The Backstory

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Department of Labor Proposed Rules Regarding Child Performers What began as an attempt to address eating disorders within the modeling world has, three years later, resulted in a set of proposed rules which will jeopardize the safety and financial well being of child performs and drive film, television and theatrical productions away from New York. […]

2013 Regulation

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PART 186
 CHILD PERFORMERS (Statutory authority: Labor Law §154-a) Purposes, scope and exemptions. Definitions.
 Responsibilities of Parents and Guardians Responsibilities of employers. Educational requirements. Hours and conditions of work.
Records; contracts.
Variances.
Suspension or revocation of permits and certificates. Sec. 186-1.1 186-1.2 186-1.1 SUBPART 186-1 PURPOSES, SCOPE AND EXEMPTIONS Purposes of Part. Scope. Purposes of Part. The purposes […]

Eating Disorder Committee

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Appointment of a “Responsible Person” Will Increase Production Costs & Endanger Child Performs 186-4.6, “Provision for a responsible person,” fails to provide for the safety of the child performer. Under this new language, the production company is under no legal obligation to provide the parent with “sight and sound” access (SAG Rule) to their child […]

Responsible Person

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Appointment of a “Responsible Person” Will Increase Production Costs & Endanger Child Performs 186-4.6, “Provision for a responsible person,” fails to provide for the safety of the child performer. Under this new language, the production company is under no legal obligation to provide the parent with “sight and sound” access (SAG Rule) to their child […]

Health Certificates

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Health Certificates Increase Production Costs & Do Not Provide Any Safeguards to Child Performers  186-3.2(10) Application for child performer permit, is nothing more than another obstacle for production companies considering working in New York, increasingly the likelihood of child performer permitting delays as well as possible “production risks” form. The proposed rule imposes a burdensome tax […]

Trust Accounts

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Trust Account Language Does Not Protect Child’s Earnings & Creates Confusion Increasing Missing Trust Account Earnings The DOL proposed rule does nothing to protect the child’s earnings and only creates confusion increasing the likelihood of missing Trust Account Earnings.  Trust account payments are not a benefit, or additional pay.  They are a portion of the child’s […]

School Room Access

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Child Denied Access to Parent While in School Room Only BOE Not DOL Can Excuse Absences 186-5.1 Educational Requirements requires employers to provide a location teacher significantly increasing production costs, particularly for independent productions, risking loss of film, television and theatrical productions in New York. In addition, this provision directly contradicts the SAG rule that […]

Group Certificates

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Employer Certificate of Group Eligibility Will End Paid Background Work For Child Performers  186 The creation of Employer Certificate of Group Eligibility will put an end to paid background work for the professional child performer.   Failure to properly define “groups” as those with pre-existing skills allows for employers themselves to define any 20 children as […]