STATE Child Entertainment Laws

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Requirements

Permit Info Form Available
Yes or No
Guidelines for Filming
State- Specific or General
Work Permit Required
Yes or No
Company Master Permit to Employ Minors
Yes or No
Proof of Age; e.g. Birth Certificate
Yes or No
Scene Write-ups / Schedule
Yes or No
Hours Log Required
Yes or No
Additional Requirements
List Additional Requirements

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Contact Information

Form Submission Email:

Email Address

Main Contact:

Department
Name
Title
Phone Number
Email Address

Additional Contacts:

Department
Name
Title
Phone Number
Email Address

State Regulations

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State Law Reference

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Tennessee Child Entertainment Laws

Notes

Tennessee exempts minors working as entertainers from all hour guidelines and restrictions imposed by state child labor laws. There are also no work permit requirements for child entertainers.

Requirements (None)

Permit Info Form Available
No
Guidelines for Filming
General
Work Permit Required
No
Company Master Permit to Employ Minors
No
Proof of Age; e.g. Birth Certificate
No
Scene Write-ups / Schedule
No
Hours Log Required
No
Additional Requirements
None

Contact Information

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development:

Labor Standards Unit
(844) 224 5818

State Law Reference

§50-5-107. Exempt minors.

This part shall not apply to any minor who:

(7) Is a musician or entertainer, except in cases covered by § 50-5-106(20);

South Dakota Child Entertainment Laws

Notes

South Dakota exempts minors employed as actors or performers in motion pictures, theatrical, radio, or television productions from the hour guidelines and restrictions imposed by state child labor laws. There are also no work permits required for minors employed as actor’s or performers.

Requirements (NONE)

Permit Info Form Available
No
Guidelines for Filming
General
Work Permit Required
No
Company Master Permit to Employ Minors
No
Proof of Age; e.g. Birth Certificate
No
Scene Write-ups / Schedule
No
Hours Log Required
No
Additional Requirements
None

Contact Information

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation:

Division of Labor and Management
(605) 773 3681
Contact Us Email Link (You can find that poor contact us page linked here)

State Law Reference

§ 60-12-1. Maximum hours for children under sixteen–Exceptions–Misdemeanor.

No unemancipated child under sixteen years of age may be employed for more than four hours in any school day, twenty hours in any school week, eight hours in any nonschool day, forty hours in any nonschool week, or after 10 p.m. in any day that precedes a school day. The provisions of this section do not apply to children employed as actors or performers in motion pictures, theatrical, radio, or television productions. The provisions of this section do not apply to roguing or detasselling of hybrid seedcorn for any nonschool day or nonschool week. The employment of a child in violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

South Carolina Child Entertainment Laws

Notes

South Carolina rules and regulations on child labor are identical to those adopted by the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division. There are no hour guidelines, restrictions, or work permits required for minors working as actors or performers.

Requirements (NONE)

Permit Info Form Available
No
Guidelines for Filming
General
Work Permit Required
No
Company Master Permit to Employ Minors
No
Proof of Age; e.g. Birth Certificate
No
Scene Write-ups / Schedule
No
Hours Log Required
No
Additional Requirements
None

Contact Information

South Carolina Labor Licensing Regulation:

Office of Wages and Child Labor
Angela Baldwin
(803) 896-7756
(803) 896-7680 FAX
angela.baldwin@llr.sc.gov

State Law Reference

§71–3105. Exempted Occupations; Apprentices; Student–Learners.

(a) The following occupations are exempted from the coverage of these regulations for minors of any age according to the terms of each exemption.

(d) The provisions of this Article do not apply with respect to any employee engaged as an actor or performer in motion pictures, radio or television productions, or theatrical productions.

Maryland Child Entertainment Laws

Notes

Maryland requires a Special Work Permit to be issued for minors of any age to be employed as a model, performer, or entertainer. This application needs to be completed and notarized by both the employer and the parent/ guardian. Employers should follow Maryland hour guidelines and restrictions as listed. Minors under 14 are regulated by the restrictions listed for 14-15 year-olds.

Requirements

Permit Info Form Available
Yes
Guidelines for Filming
State- Specific
Work Permit Required
Yes
Company Master Permit to Employ Minors
No
Proof of Age; e.g. Birth Certificate
Yes
Scene Write-ups / Schedule
No
Hours Log Required
No
Additional Requirements
None

How to Apply

Employers should first fill out the Application for Special Work Permit and then get the application notarized. Once production has completed their requirements, the application can be given to a parent or guardian to complete and also get notarized. The final application, once notarized by both the employer and a parent, can be submitted to the Maryland DoL: Division of Labor and Industry – Employment Standards Service by either fax or email.

It can be noted that, as the submission guidelines do not require an original notarized copy and instead only require a photocopy of the notarized form, the production should be able to email the parents a photocopy of the application once production has notarized it. However, it is recommended that all original notarized copies should be kept on file.

Contact Information

Form Submission Email:

dldliemploymentstandards-dllr@maryland.gov

Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation:

Division of Labor and Industry—Employment Standards Service
Stacey or Janice
(410) 767-2357
(410) 333-7303 FAX
dldliemploymentstandards-dllr@maryland.gov

State Regulations

All Minors:

May not be employed or permitted to work more than five hours continuously without a non-working period of at least ½ hour.

Minors 14 – 15:
  • 4 hours on any day when school is in session.
  • 8 hours on any day when school is not in session.
  • 23 hours in any week when school is in session for five days.
  • 40 hours in any week when school is not in session.
  • May only work between the hours of 7:00am and 8:00pm.
  • May work until 9:00pm from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
  • The hours worked by a minor enrolled in a bona fide work-study or student-learner program when school is normally in session may not be counted towards the permissible hours of work prescribed above.
Minors 16 – 17:

May spend no more than 12 hours in a combination of school hours and work hours each day.
Must be allowed at least eight consecutive hours of non-work, non-school time in each 24-hour period

Exceptions:

Exceptions to hours and occupations may be granted by the Commissioner of Labor and Industry. Applications for exceptions should be addressed to the Commissioner giving specific details.

State Law Reference

§3–207.
  1. Subject to this section, the Commissioner may issue a special permit for a minor of any age to be employed as an entertainer, model, or performer.
  2. An applicant for a special permit shall submit to the Commissioner a completed application on the form that the Commissioner provides.
  3. The Commissioner shall issue a special permit if, after investigation, the Commissioner is satisfied that:
    1. the employment will not be detrimental to the health or welfare of the minor;
    2. the minor will be supervised adequately; and
    3. the education of the minor will not be neglected.
  4. A special permit shall contain notarized signatures that show the consent of:
    1. a parent of the minor or a person standing in place of the parent; and
    2. the employer.
§3–208.

A work permit or special permit authorizes a minor to work for an employer as specified in the permit.

§3–210.
    1. A minor may not be employed or allowed to be employed for more than 5 consecutive hours without a nonworking period of at least one-half hour.
    2. Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, in a calendar day:
      1. the total school and work hours of a minor may not exceed 12 hours; and
      2. the minor shall have at least 8 consecutive hours that are not school or work hours.
  1. The Commissioner may grant to a minor an exception to the restrictions in subsection (a)(2) of this section if the Commissioner determines that there will be no hazard to the health or welfare of the minor.
  2. A minor who is 16 or 17 years old and serves as an election judge, under § 10–202 of the Election Law Article, may work more than 12 hours on an early voting day or on election day only, subject to consent from at least one parent or guardian.
§3–211.
    1. Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a minor under the age of 16 years may not be employed or allowed to be employed:
      1. before 7:00 a.m.;
      2. from the day after Labor Day through the day before Memorial Day, after 8:00 p.m.;
      3. from Memorial Day through Labor Day, after 9:00 p.m.; or
      4. more than:
        1. 4 hours on a day when school is in session;
        2. 8 hours on a day when school is not in session;
        3. 23 hours in a week when school is in session for 5 days; or
        4. 40 hours in a week when school is not in session.
    2. The hours of work allowed under paragraph (1)(iv) of this subsection do not include any hours that a minor works in a bona fide work-study or student-learner program while school normally is in session.
  1. The Commissioner may grant to a minor an exception to the restrictions under this section if the Commissioner:
    1. receives the written consent of a parent of the minor or a person standing in the place of the parent; and
    2. determines that:
      1. there will be no hazard to the health or welfare of the minor; and
      2. granting the exception will not impede the minor in fulfilling school graduation requirements.

Connecticut Child Entertainment Laws

Notes

There is no permitting process and no hour or work restrictions for child entertainers in Connecticut. According to the CT DoL, they follow the federal law which exempts child entertainers from Federal child labor laws. There is no explicit Connecticut law that puts that exemption into effect. Questions related to current state child labor laws and if they might apply to a specific production, should be directed to the CT DoL.

Requirements

Permit Info Form Available
No
Guidelines for Filming
General
Work Permit Required
No
Company Master Permit to Employ Minors
No
Proof of Age; e.g. Birth Certificate
No
Scene Write-ups / Schedule
No
Hours Log Required
No
Additional Requirements
None

Contact Information

Connecticut Department of Labor:

Legal Division
Heidi Lane
Director
(860) 263-6768
heidi.lane@ct.gov

Idaho Child Entertainment Laws

Notes

There is no child work permit process in Idaho. However, there are a few questions here about Idaho Child Labor Regulations that remain a little vague and may need additional clarification depending on individual productions.

The Idaho Department of Labor has stated that it does not enforce child labor laws in the state. They rely upon the US DOL to enforce federal child labor laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act. If they get reports of violations of state or federal regulations, they will investigate and pass off their finding to the US DOL.

While there are Idaho restrictions on work hours during school (44-1301) they will defer to the Fair Labor Standards Act and the exemptions provided for children working as actors, models, and performers.

The Idaho Child Labor restrictions listed below should be noted, but it appears the production should follow all Federal Guidelines where applicable.

Requirements

Permit Info Form Available
No
Guidelines for Filming
State- Specific
Work Permit Required
No
Company Master Permit to Employ Minors
No
Proof of Age; e.g. Birth Certificate
No
Scene Write-ups / Schedule
No
Hours Log Required
No
Additional Requirements
None

Contact Information

Pocatello/Southeastern Idaho Area:

Artie L. Holmes
Program Supervisor
Labor Compliance Officer
(208) 332-3579 ext 3659
Artie.Holmes@labor.idaho.gov
(208) 639-3257 FAX

Boise/Central Idaho Area:

Karen Duran
Labor Compliance Officer
(208) 332-3579 ext. 3555
Karen.Duran@labor.idaho.gov
(208) 639-3257 FAX

Canyon County/Western Idaho Area:

Marina Reynoso
Labor Compliance Officer
(208) 332-3579 ext. 3195
Marina.Reynoso@labor.idaho.gov
(208) 639-3257 FAX

Kootenai County/Northern Idaho Area:

Jeff Barker
Labor Compliance Officer
(208) 332-3579 ext. 3978
Jeffrey.Barker@labor.idaho.gov
(208) 639-3257 FAX

Idaho Falls/Eastern Idaho Area:

Paul Withers
Labor Compliance Officer
(208) 332-3579 ext 3559
Paul.Withers@labor.idaho.gov
(208) 639-3257 FAX

State Regulations

Under 14 Years of Age
Under 16 years of Age
May not work between the hours of 9pm and 6am. May not work during school hours.
May not work more than 54 hours a week. May not work more than 9 hours in one day. May not work between the hours of 9pm and 6am.

State Law Reference

§44-1301. RESTRICTIONS ON EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN UNDER FOURTEEN.

No child under fourteen (14) years of age shall be employed, permitted or suffered to work in or in connection with any mine, factory, workshop, mercantile establishment, store, telegraph or telephone office, laundry, restaurant, hotel, apartment house, or in the distribution or transmission of merchandise or messages. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to employ any child under fourteen (14) years of age in any business or service whatever during the hours in which the public schools of the district in which the child resides are in session, or before the hour of six o’clock in the morning, or after the hour of nine o’clock in the evening: provided, that any child over the age of twelve (12) years may be employed at any of the occupations mentioned in this chapter during the regular vacations of two (2) weeks or more of the public schools of the district in which such child resides. Provided however, a student may be employed by the public schools of the district for a maximum of ten (10) hours per week provided such employment is voluntary and with the consent of the student’s legal guardian.

§44-1302. CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN — EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS.

No minor who is under sixteen (16) years of age shall be employed or permitted to work at any gainful occupation during the hours that the public schools of the school district in which he resides are in session, unless he can read at sight and write legibly simple sentences in the English language, and has received instructions in spelling, English grammar and geography and is familiar with the fundamental operations of arithmetic up to and including fractions, or has similar attainments in another language.

§44-1304. WORKING HOURS FOR CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN.

No person under the age of sixteen (16) years shall be employed or suffered or permitted to work at any gainful occupation more than fifty-four (54) hours in any one week, nor more than nine (9) hours in any one day; nor before the hour of six o’clock in the morning nor after the hour of nine o’clock in the evening.

§44-1306. PROHIBITION AGAINST THEATRICAL EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN — PENALTY — EXCEPTION.

Any person, whether as parent, relative, guardian, employer or otherwise, having the care, custody or control of any child under the age of sixteen (16) years, who exhibits, uses or employs in any manner or under any pretense, sells, apprentices, gives away, lets out or disposes of such child to any person, under any name, title or pretense, for or in any business, exhibition or vocation, injurious to the health or dangerous to the life or limb of such child, or in or for the vocation, occupation, service or purpose of singing, playing on musical instruments, rope or wire walking, dancing, begging or peddling, or as a gymnast, acrobat, or contortionist, or rider, or in any place whatsoever, or for any obscene, indecent or immoral purposes, exhibition or practice whatsoever, or for or in any mendicant, or wandering business whatsoever, or who causes, procures or encourages such child to engage therein, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and punishable by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than $250, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding six (6) months or by both such fine and imprisonment. Every person who takes, receives, hires, employs, uses, exhibits, or has in custody any child under the age [of sixteen (16) years] and for any of the purposes mentioned in this section is guilty of a like offense and punishable by like imprisonment. Nothing in this section contained applies to or affects the employment or use of any such child as a singer or musician in any church, school or academy, or the teaching or learning of the science or practice of music.

Florida Child Entertainment Laws

Notes

Florida has several child labor regulations specific to the entertainment industry. Florida requires a Permit to Hire, Parental Authorization for Medical Care, and a Final Report.

Requirements

Permit Info Form Available
Yes
Guidelines for Filming
State- Specific
Work Permit Required
Yes
Company Master Permit to Employ Minors
No
Proof of Age; e.g Birth Certificate
No, but date of birth is required
Scene Write-ups / Schedule
Yes
Hours Log Required
Yes, will need to submit a Final Report to the FL DBPR upon completion of production.
Additional Requirements
Requires a lifeguard to be hired and onsite for all water activities; written parental authorization for medical care in case of an emergency

How to Apply

Prior to production, employers should complete the “Application for Permit to Hire Minors by the Entertainment Industry” and submit to the Florida DBPR via email. If minors are to be employed more hours than allowed by the entertainment rule, or there is need for other variances, a waiver is required. Additionally, some situations require a narrative justification to explain “how the health, education, and welfare of the minor will not be adversely affected” during production. Finally, within 10 business days of the end of production, a “Child Labor Program Final Report” must be submitted to the Florida DBPR.

Contact Information

Florida Child Labor Division:

Child Labor Program
Sophia Terrelonge
Program Manager
(850) 488-3131
ChildLabor.Entertainment@myfloridalicense.com

Additional Contacts:

Child Labor Entertainment Regulation
Debra Russell
Government Analyst
(850) 717-1529
Debra.Russell@myfloridalicense.com

State Regulations

Hours Guidelines:
Age
Maximum Work Hours Per Day
Maximum Hours on Set Per Day
Minors under 2 years:
under 6 months of age
20 MINUTES
4 hours
6 months of age to under 1 year
2 Hours
4 hours
1 year to under 2 years old
3 Hours
4 hours
Minors 2 to 5 years old:
4 Hours
6 hours
Minors 6 to 8 years old:
6 Hours
9 hours
Minors 9 to 16 years old:
7 Hours
10 hours
Minors over 16 years old:
No Restriction
10 hours
Restrictions on Exposure to Intense Lighting:
Age
Light Intensity Restriction
under 6 months of age
shall not be exposed to light of an intensity greater than 100-foot candlelight for more than 1 minute in every 15-minute period
6 months of age to under 1 year
shall not be exposed to camera lights for more than 2 minutes every 15-minute period
Time Limitations:
  • Minors can only work between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.
  • Minors cannot work more than six (6) consecutive days
Meal Periods:
  • All work hours are exclusive of the meal period.
  • The work hours shall be extended by a meal period not longer than one-half (1/2) hour.
Rest Period After Dismissal:

The employer shall set the minor’s dismissal on the last day of the minor’s employment so that the minor will have a twelve (12) hour rest period between the end of the employment period and the minor’s return to his or her regular school. For example, a minor returning to his regular school at 8:30 a.m. shall be dismissed from employment by 8:30 p.m. the previous evening.

After-the-Fact Partial Waiver for Emergency Extension of Work Hours:

If unexpected, or emergency situations arise which will result in violation of applicable work hours restrictions for a minor, and prior application for Partial Waiver is not possible, the Department shall grant an after-the-fact Partial Waiver for Emergency Extension of Work Hours, provided the employer notifies the Department of the situation which required the extended work hours on the next working day, and demonstrates that the situation was resolved with the best interest of the minor in mind.

State Law Reference

§61L-2.006. Employment of Minors by the Entertainment Industry
  1. Rule 61L-2.006, F.A.C., sets forth the work conditions determined necessary by the Department to protect minor employees in the entertainment industry. The requirements in this rule are intended to ensure that minors are not employed under conditions that are injurious or detrimental to their health, safety or education.
  2. Permit to Hire and Reporting Requirements for Employers.
    1. Permit to Hire. Employers of minors in the entertainment industry shall obtain a Permit to Hire prior to employing any minor in Florida, or within 60 days of this rule’s adoption for productions already in progress. Application for a Permit to Hire shall be made by submitting to the Department a completed Application For Permit To Hire, Form DBPR FCL 1001 (Rev. 2/93), available as provided in Rule 61L-2.012, F.A.C. Failure to complete any item in the application form, after being requested to do so, or if the completed application form evinces work conditions that are hazardous or detrimental to the health, morals, or education of the minor employees, shall be grounds to deny the application. Permits shall be limited in duration to the employer’s schedule of production, or tour within the state of Florida, not to exceed one (1) year.
    2. Reporting Requirements. Employers of minors in the entertainment industry shall provide the Department with information relative to each “shoot” or separate program of a series as required in subsection 132(5), F.S.After each production, or upon completion of employment in Florida, the employer shall submit to the Department a completed Final Report, Form DBPR FCL 1003, available as provided in Rule 61L-2.012, F.A.C. Failure to submit such Final Report shall be grounds to deny any future application for Permit to Hire.
  3. Parental Notice and Authorization for Medical Care.
    1. Parental Notice of Terms and Conditions of Employment. Employers of minors in the entertainment industry shall notify the minor’s parent(s), guardian, or chaperon, of the terms and conditions of employment, including the activities required of the minor, the place and duration of location work, and the names of the producer and stunt coordinator (if applicable).
    2. Authorization for Medical Care. Prior to the minor’s beginning employment, the employer shall obtain written authorization from the minor’s parent(s), guardian, or chaperon, to consent for medical treatment on behalf of the minor in case of an emergency.
  4. Child Labor Coordinator. The employer shall designate one (1) individual on each set where minors are employed, or in each touring company which includes minor employees, to act as Coordinator of Child Labor. The coordinator shall respond to all communications from the Department regarding the employment of minor(s). The employer shall provide the name of the coordinator(s) to the Department, the minor, the minor’s parent(s), guardian, and/or chaperon.
  5. Time Limitations.
    1. Work Day. The work day for a minor shall begin no earlier than 7:00 a.m. and shall end no later than 11:30 p.m.
    2. Work Week. A minor shall not be required or permitted to work more than six (6) consecutive days.
    3. Work Hours, and Maximum Hours at Place of Employment per Age Group. Working hours, and hours spent at the place of employment may not exceed the following time limitations in a twenty-four (24) hour period unless a Partial Waiver is granted by the Department.
      1. Minors Under Two (2) Years. Employers of minors under two (2) years of age shall not require such minors to remain at the place of employment for more than four (4) hours per day, subject to the following limitations:
        1. Minors Under Six (6) Months. Minors under six (6) months of age shall not be exposed to light of an intensity greater than one hundred (100) foot candlelight for more than one (1) minute in every fifteen (15) minute period, and shall not be required to work more than twenty (20) minutes per day.
        2. Minors Six (6) Months to Under One (1) Year. Minors six (6) months of age to under one (1) year of age shall not be exposed to camera lights for more than two (2) minutes every fifteen (15) minute period, and shall not be required to work more than two (2) hours per day.
        3. Minors One (1) to Under Two (2) Years. Minors one (1) year of age to under two (2) years of age shall not be required to work more than three (3) hours per day.
      2. Minors Two (2) Years to Under Six (6) Years. Minors two (2) years of age to under six (6) years of age shall not be required to remain at the place of employment more than six (6) hours per day, and shall not be required to work more than four (4) hours per day.
      3. Minors Six (6) Years to Under Nine (9) Years. Minors six (6) years of age to under nine (9) years of age shall not be required to remain at the place of employment more than nine (9) hours per day, and shall not be required to work more than six (6) hours per day.
      4. Minors Nine (9) to Under Sixteen (16) Years. Minors nine (9) years of age to under sixteen (16) years of age shall not be required to remain at the place of employment more than ten (10) hours per day, and shall not be required to work more than seven (7) hours per day.
      5. Minors Over Sixteen (16) Years. Minors who have reached their sixteenth (16th) birthday shall not be required to remain at the place of employment more than ten (10) hours per day.
    4. Meal Periods. All work hours are exclusive of the meal period. The work hours shall be extended by a meal period not longer than one-half (1/2) hour.
    5. Rest Period After Dismissal. The employer shall set the minor’s dismissal on the last day of the minor’s employment so that the minor will have a twelve (12) hour rest period between the end of the employment period and the minor’s return to his or her regular school. For example, a minor returning to his regular school at 8:30 a.m. shall be dismissed from employment by 8:30 p.m. the previous evening.
    6. After-the-Fact Partial Waiver for Emergency Extension of Work Hours. If unexpected, or emergency situations arise which will result in violation of applicable work hours restrictions for a minor, and prior application for Partial Waiver is not possible, the Department shall grant an after-the-fact Partial Waiver for Emergency Extension of Work Hours, provided the employer notifies the Department of the situation which required the extended work hours on the next working day, and demonstrates that the situation was resolved with the best interest of the minor in mind.
  6. Sanctions. In addition to the sanctions set out in Sections 450.141 and 450.151, F.S., any violation of the Child Labor Law or these rules shall be grounds for assessing civil money penalties pursuant to Section 450.141, F.S., or for denying, suspending, or revoking any Permit to Hire or Partial Waiver pursuant to Sections 450.095 and 450.132, F.S.

Alabama Child Entertainment Laws

Notes

Alabama has relatively easy work permit applications for child actors, performers, or models. However, there are no specific Alabama requirements for work hours or breaks for child actors and performers or child models. Follow Federal Guidelines where applicable. Confirmed on 10/8/19 with Robin Wilburn.

Requirements

Permit Info Form Available
Yes
Guidelines for Filming
General
Work Permit Required
Yes
Company Master Permit to Employ Minors
No
Proof of Age; e.g. Birth Certificate
No
Scene Write-ups / Schedule
No
Hours Log Required
No

How to Apply

You should first fill out the “Alabama Child Labor Law Release For Child Actors” or the “Alabama Child Labor Law Consent for Child Models” form and send to parents to complete Affidavit, sign, and date. Then email the fully completed form to the state for processing. You should follow up with the AL DoL to receive the approved form.

Contact Information

Form Submission Email:
Main Contact:

Child Labor Enforcement
Robin Wilburn
Supervisor (Bio)
(205) 613-3611
Robin.Wilburn@labor.alabama.gov

Additional Contacts:

Child Labor Enforcement
J. Adam Strickland
Inspector
(334) 652-4204
(334) 956 7391 FAX
Adam.Strickland@labor.alabama.gov

State Law Reference

§25-8-60. Child Actors and Performers
  1. Persons under 18 years of age may be employed and appear for the purposes of singing, acting, or performing in any production approved and coordinated by the Alabama Film Office in conjunction with and under the jurisdiction and supervision of the department. Time and hour restrictions, for persons under 18 years of age employed in a production, shall be established by the department. For the purposes of this section, a production includes, but is not limited to, motion pictures, documentaries, and reality television films.
  2. A person under 18 years of age may be employed as provided in this section only under the following conditions and with the written consent of the Alabama Film Office, the department, and the parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult of the person:
    1. The activities enumerated shall not be detrimental to the life, health, safety, welfare, or morals of the person.
    2. The activities enumerated shall not interfere with the schooling of the person and provisions shall be made for education equivalent to full-time school attendance in the public schools for persons under 16 years of age.
    3. A parent, guardian, or a responsible adult so designated by the parent or guardian, shall accompany each person under 16 years of age at all rehearsals, appearances, and performances.
§25-8-61 Child Models
  1. Time and hour restrictions shall under the authority of the department for persons under 18 years of age who are employed as models. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no person under 16 years of age shall work any hours that interfere with his or her school performance.
  2. Any person, firm, agency, or corporation that employs, permits, or suffers any person under 18 years of age to be used in any type of modeling shall have written consent from the parent or guardian of the person, and shall notify the Child Labor Division on a form authorized by the department, and shall comply with all of the following conditions:
    1. The parent of the person shall not let the modeling interfere with that person’s school performance.
    2. The activities enumerated shall not be detrimental to the life, health, safety, welfare, or morals of the person.
    3. A parent, guardian, or a responsible adult so designated by the parent or guardian shall accompany each person under 16 years of age to all sessions.

Arkansas Child Entertainment Laws

Notes

Paperwork heavy process; Allow a fair amount of time to obtain a work permit. Records to be maintained for 3 years include issued entertainment work permits; hours worked each day, including starting time and ending time; and total hours worked each workweek.

Requirements

Permit Info Form Available
Yes
Guidelines for Filming
State-Specific
Work Permit Required
Yes
Company Master Permit to Employ Minors
No
Proof of Age; e.g. Birth Certificate
Yes
Scene Write-ups / Schedule
No
Hours Log Required
No
Additional Requirements
Statement from a doctor, If applicable; Statement from school principal, If applicable; Proof of workers compensation

How to Apply

You should fill out the “Entertainment Application for Employment of a Minor” and send to the parent for review and signature. Then email or fax the completed form to Lindsay Moore at the Arkansas Department of Labor, Labor Standards division. Follow up with the AR DoL to get the approved work permit.

Contact Information

Arkansas Department of Labor:

Labor Standards Division
10421 West Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 682-4500
asklabor@arkansas.gov

Main Contact:

Labor Standards Division
Lindsay Moore
Labor Standards Manager
(501) 682-4534
(501) 682-4506 FAX
lindsay.moore@arkansas.gov

State Regulations

Age
Maximum Work Hours Per Day
Maximum Hours on Set Per Day
Minors under 2 years:
15 days old to under 6 months of age
20 MINUTES
2 hours
6 months of age to under 2 years
2 hours
4 hours
Minors 2 to under 6 years old:
3 hours
6 hours
Minors 6 to under 9 years old:
4 hours
8 hours
Minors 9 to under 16 years old:
5 hours
9 hours
If school is not in session, school age children may work an additional 2 hours per day.
Time Limitations:

Minors can only work between the hours of 5:00am and 10:00pm, except on nights preceding non-school days, which may be extended till 12:30am.

Restrictions on Exposure to Intense Lighting:

No child between the age of 15 days to 6 months may be exposed to bright lights for more than thirty (30) seconds at any one time.

A nurse must be provided for any child(ren) within the following guidelines:
  • 15 days old to under 6 weeks old
    • One nurse per three children
  • 6 weeks old to under 6 months old
    • One nurse per 10 children
Meal Periods:

All work hours are exclusive of the meal period. The work hours shall be extended by a meal period that must be at least one-half (1/2) hour, and no more than one (1) hour in duration.

Rest Period after Workday:

A child shall receive a twelve (12) hour rest break at the end of his or her workday and prior to the commencement of his or her next day of work for the same employment.

State Law Reference

The Entertainment Industry
  • §010.14-312 Entertainment Work Permit
  • §010.14-313 Hours and Rest Time
  • §010.14-314 Insurance
  • §010.14-315 Safety and Supervision
  • §010.14-316 Schooling
Hours of Employment
  • §010.14-317 Children Under Sixteen (16)
  • §010.14-318 Children Under Seventeen (17)
Recordkeeping
  • §010.14-319 Records To Be Maintained
  • §010.14-320 Record Accessibility
  • §010.14-321 Record Retention