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New California Law Gives Photographers More Time to Pay Assistants and Crew

By September 12, 2019 Current News

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The State of California has amended state labor laws to give photographers and producers more time to pay the models, stylists and freelance crew they hire. The change, which passed unanimously in both the California state senate and assembly, went into effect September 5 when Governor Gavin Newsom approved it.

The law was introduced last February as the “Photoshoot Pay Easement Act.” It extended an exception to existing state labor law.

Under that law, most people hired for short-term jobs in California are classified as employees, rather than independent contractors, and must be put on payroll. The law also requires employers to pay the full wages of employees on the last day of their employment.

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