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New York Bill Would Alter Labor Relations in Fashion Industry

The New York Legislature is considering the New York Fashion Workers Act, an amendment to the state's Labor Law that would significantly expand labor protections for workers in the modeling, fashion and entertainment industries. The proposed legislation was amended on May 25, 2022, and is currently pending in the Senate and Assembly.

The act would require modeling management companies and creative management companies to register with the state, pay a $50,000 surety bond and comply with requirements relating to the pay and treatment of certain workers.
In this Law360 article written by Ian Carleton Schaefer, chair of Loeb & Loeb’s New York Employment & Labor practice, and associate Lauren Richards, the authors discuss how the proposed legislation would bring the relationship between models, creatives, management companies and other entities in the modeling, fashion and entertainment industries closer to traditional employer-employee relationships. Although the New York Fashion Workers Act is in its early stages, entities that would fall within the scope of the act as currently drafted may consider assessing their hiring and engagement processes, payment practices and other policies to determine what changes would need to be made if the act becomes law. 
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