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Studio teachers

"No consent [to employ a minor in the entertainment industry] shall be given at any time unless the officer giving it is satisfied that all of the following conditions are met….(c) the minor’s education will not be neglected or hampered by his or her participation in the performance, concert, or entertainment." Labor Code section 1308.6(c).

Employers shall provide a studio teacher on each call for minors from age fifteen (15) days to their sixteenth (16th) birthday (age sixteen (16)), and for minors from age sixteen (16) to age eighteen (18) when required for the education of the minor. One (1) studio teacher must be provided for each group of ten (10) minors or fraction thereof. With respect to minors age fifteen (15) days to age sixteen (16), one (1) studio teacher must be provided for each group of twenty (20) minors or fraction thereof on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, or during school vacation. California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Division 1, Chapter 6, Subchapter 2, section 11755.2

The Entertainment Industry, hereinafter referred to as the employer, shall be defined as any organization, or individual, using the services of any minor in: Motion pictures of any type (e.g. film, videotape, etc.), using any format (theatrical film, commercial, documentary, television program, etc.) by any medium (e.g. theater, television, videocassette, etc.); photography; recording; modeling; theatrical productions; publicity; rodeos; circuses; musical performances; and any other performances where minors perform to entertain the public." California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Chapter 6, Subchapter 2, Article 1, Section 11751

The studio teacher, in addition to teaching, shall also have the responsibility for caring and attending to the health, safety and morals of minors under sixteen (16) years of age for whom they have been provided by the employer, while such minors are engaged or employed in any activity pertaining to the entertainment industry and subject to these regulations. In the discharge of these responsibilities, the studio teacher shall take cognizance of such factors as working conditions, physical surroundings, signs of the minor’s mental and physical fatigue, and the demands placed upon the minor in relation to the minor’s age, agility, strength and stamina. The studio teacher may refuse to allow the engagement of a minor on a set or location and may remove the minor therefrom, if in the judgment of the studio teacher, conditions are such as to present a danger to the health, safety or morals of the minor. Any such action by the studio teacher may be immediately appealed to the Labor Commissioner who may affirm or countermand such action. California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Chapter 6, Subchapter 2, Article 1, Section 11755.3

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Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Licensing and Registration Unit
1515 Clay Street
Suite 401
Oakland, CA 94612

Fax: (510) 286-1366

April 2016