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Georgia Child Labor Laws for Entertainment

 

As of 2020, Georgia and specifically Atlanta, is the third leg of the film and entertainment industry. The Georgia industry now brings in $7 billion a year, fueled by generous tax incentives of up to 30% of production costs. There is no indication that the move to Atlanta is slowing down!

As a result of the growing industry presence, the Georgia Department of Labor revamped their child labor “Rules” in late 2017 . The law existed before, but the Department of Labor is charged with enforcing those laws with specific guidelines, called Rules.

Bizparentz, along with many local families had significant input into the new Rules via letters, petitions and public hearings. Thank you to all the Georgia parents who made time to get involved! The Rules may not be perfect, but they are a vast improvement over the previous versions!

State Website on Child Entertainment

Entirely of the Rules (free, log in required)

Highlights of Georgia Child Actor Laws

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  • Production gets the work permit for each production, called a Child Labor Application for Employment of Minors in Entertainment. It must be submitted 5 days prior to commencing production. The form must be signed by the parents.  Employers must be “certified” before they can employ a minor.  As part of the Rule revision, Georgia will be implementing a new electronic system for certification.
  • Education provided by production after the 1st day of employment
  • Every child performer must have a “representative” (usually the parent) who is cleared in advance by the State. A video about these responsibilities is here.
  • All child performers must be “registered” in Georgia, and that registration/certification is good until they are 18.  A video about this is here.
  • Limited work hours that mirror SAG-AFTRA’s and California law. They are tiered by age, and include rest and relaxation.
  • A Child Labor Coordinator must be employed by the production for coordination and safety of the minor’s employment. This person must be 21 years old and must have gone through a background check.
  • All minors under the age of 6 must have a parent or guardian present at all times. Kids 6-16 must have a parent OR the parent must sign over the child to the Child Labor Coordinator. Bizparentz NOTE: We highly encourage all parents to be within sight and sound of your child. Signing over your child’s safety to their employer is dangerous! There is NO CIRCUMSTANCE, ever, where a parent (or the “minor’s representative”) should not be within sight and sound of their child.
  • No nudity or partial nudity in sexually explicit acts are allowed, nor are minors allowed to be present when adults are filming nudity.
  • Minimum 12 hour turnaround before school or call time the next day.
  • Travel time from studio to location is considered part of the work day.

    ****There is NO Coogan or trust account requirement in Georgia.****