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The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers, 2nd Edition by Thomas A. Crowell

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HIRING CAST AND CREW

 

 

 

FEDERAL AND STATE LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAWS: AN OVERVIEW

During pre-production you will be hiring your cast and crew. This means that in addition to the service contracts you negotiate with them, you also must comply with state and federal employment laws.

Federal and state employment and labor laws govern discrimination, wages, workplace safety, child labor, and workers' compensation/disability/unemployment insurance. Under these laws, an employee may be treated differently by the law than an independent contractor. These issues and more must be addressed during pre-production or the production may face delay, fines, or state and private legal action. An employer/producer must comply with these laws or show exemption ...

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