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

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A FILMMAKER'S GUIDE TO LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW

 

 

 

As a general premise, a producer or production company is an employer, an actor or cameraperson is an employee or independent contractor, and a movie set or location is a workplace. The laws that govern employers, employees, and independent contractors are complex;1 a brief overview of these laws would fill an entire book. This appendix, therefore, is designed to highlight a few areas of employment law critical to filmmakers. It is not a detailed guide to all the laws you need to be aware of. It is highly suggested that before hiring anybody, the production company work closely with its attorney to make sure that state and federal laws are being strictly adhered to.

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