CA Lab Code Section 1308.5


This section, with the exception of paragraph (4) of this subdivision, shall apply to all minors under the age of 16 years. The written consent of the Labor Commissioner in the form of a permit to employ a minor in the entertainment industry is required for any minor, not otherwise exempted by this chapter, for any of the following:


The employment of any minor, in the presentation of any drama, legitimate play, or in any radio broadcasting or television studio.


The employment of any minor 12 years of age or over in any other performance, concert, or entertainment.


The appearance of any minor over the age of eight years in any performance, concert, or entertainment during the public school vacation.


Allowing any minor between the ages of 8 and 18 years, who is by any law of this state permitted to be employed as an actor, actress, or performer in a theater, motion picture studio, radio broadcasting studio, or television studio, before 10 p.m., in the presentation of a performance, play, or drama continuing from an earlier hour until after 10 p.m., to continue his or her part in such presentation between the hours of 10 p.m. and midnight.


The appearance of any minor in any entertainment which is noncommercial in nature.


The employment of any minor artist in the making of phonograph recordings.


The employment of any minor as an advertising or photographic model.


The employment or appearance of any minor pursuant to a contract approved by the superior court under Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 6750) of Part 3 of Division 11 of the Family Code.


Any person, or the agent, manager, superintendent, or officer thereof, employing either directly or indirectly through third persons, or any parent or guardian of a minor who employs, or permits any minor to be employed in violation of any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor. Failure to produce the written consent from the Labor Commissioner is prima facie evidence of the illegal employment of any minor whose written consent is not produced.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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