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Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
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Youth & Labor

Entertainment Industry Employment

Minors employed as actors or performers in motion pictures or theatrical productions, or in radio or television productions are exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) coverage. Therefore, FLSA rules regarding total allowable number of work hours in one day and allowable times of day to work do not apply.

Many states regulate the employment of minors in the entertainment industry more strictly than does the Fair Labor Standards Act. Please consult your state department of labor for more specific information.

DOL Web Pages on This Topic

Exemptions from Child Labor Rules in Non-Agricultural Occupations
Employment as motion picture, theater, radio, or television actors, working at home in the making of evergreen wreaths, and delivering newspapers are among the jobs exempted from FLSA child labor provisions.

Interpretation of the Child Labor Provisions of the FLSA
Regulations on minors employed in the entertainment industry.

elaws Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Advisor — Child Labor Rules
This Advisor answers questions about workers and businesses that are subject to the FLSA's child labor rules.

Wage and Hour Division: State Regulation of Child Entertainment Occupations
Information on state laws.

State Labor Offices/State Laws
Information on state minimum wage rates and other state child labor topics.

State Departments of Labor Web Sites
Links to state departments of labor Web sites and contact information for each department.

Laws & Regulations on This Topic

Regulations
29 CFR §570.125
Exemption to FLSA Restrictions for Actors and Performers