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IR #2012-17
April 23, 2012

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California Labor Commissioner announces online system for minors’ entertainment work permit

Los Angeles—The California Department of Industrial Relations’ (DIR) Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (commonly known as the Labor Commissioner’s office) announces an online system which allows minors, through their parents or guardians, to apply for and obtain the permit required to work in the entertainment industry.  The new system also allows verification of the permits online.

“This represents another step towards increasing access for all Californians who rely on DIR for permits, licenses and other work related requirements,” said DIR Director Christine Baker.  “We have recently launched several new online systems that provide better access to DIR and will continue to expand this initiative across our department.”

The Labor Commissioner issues two types of entertainment work permits online for minors: a six-month entertainment work permit which can be renewed, and a one-time temporary entertainment work permit that is valid for ten days.  The latter was established by Assembly Bill 1401, which went into effect on January 1, 2012.  While the new legislation provided for a fee of up to $50 to cover the costs of implementing the new system, there is no charge for the six-month regular permit. 

The online system also allows for electronic verification of a valid permit.  “We adopted this new system with an eye to the needs of prospective employers and studio teachers who seek to verify the validity of a specific permit,” said Labor Commission Julie Su.  “Although those seeking entertainment work permits for minors can still apply by coming into one of our offices or sending an application in by mail, they now have another option that is convenient, secure, and fast.”

The online permit system for the six month entertainment work permit and the temporary permit  can be located in the permits section of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement's website. Regulations on entertainment work permits for minors are specified in California Labor Code Sections 1308.5 – 1310.

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) protects employees’ rights in the workplace while preserving a level playing field for employers who comply with the Labor Code by adjudicating wage claims, investigating discrimination and public works complaints, and enforcing state labor law and Industrial Welfare Commission wage orders. Additional information on the functions of the California Labor Commissioner is available online at www.dir.ca.gov/dlse

Employees with work-related questions or complaints can call the California Workers’ Information Hotline at 1-866-924-9757.

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