In the first iteration of what is expected to be a hot constitutional issue, a Federal court in New York upheld New York’s ban on ballot-box selfies. The court found the law triggered strict scrutiny as the result of its suppression of voters’ political expression, but that it was sufficiently narrowly tailored to further compelling

As the Supreme Court weighs whether to hear a New Jersey challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (“PAPSA”) – a 1992 federal law that banned sports wagering in all states where it was not already in existence – legislators in New York, Michigan, and South Carolina have introduced legislation seeking to legalize

From the Stanley Cup to the NBA Championship, there were some major sports victories these last few weeks.  Championship cities celebrated with fans flooding their streets for victory parades.  But one sports victory—a win that without question affects far more fans than those in the Steel City and Cleveland—did not occur on the court or

Join us on Tuesday, October 7, for the Joint Policy Committee’s Atlanta Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by 22squared. Discussion will include:

-Resolution of the SAG-AFTRA CBA Issues
-Overview of the audit process
-Recent SAG-AFTRA arbitration
-Discussion of the Experimental Waivers for Made Fors
-AFM update

Register now:
RSVP to Aaron Kooden at (space is limited)

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 7th
9:30 – 10:00 am: Breakfast
10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Stacy Marcus, JPC Atlanta Town Hall

1170 Peachtree St NE, 14th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
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In an October blog post, we reported on the New York labor law amendments enacted specifically to protect runway and print models under the age of 18, providing them with the same protections that other young performers had received. Furthering the requirements of the amended laws, the New York Department of Labor recently released updated forms that employers must use when engaging child performers, including models.
Continue Reading New Paperwork Required for NY Employers Engaging Child Performers

Join us on Wednesday, June 25, for the Joint Policy Committee’s New York Town Hall Meeting, hosted by The TEAM Companies. Find out what’s new in 2014, including the following hot topics:

– Resolution of the SAG-AFTRA CBA Issues
– Overview of the Audit Process
– Recent SAG-AFTRA Arbitration
– Ad-ID
– Discussion of the Experimental Waiver for Made Fors
– AFM Update

Register Now! RSVP to Leon Vaught at (space is limited)

Wednesday, June 25th
8:30am – 10:00am: Breakfast & Networking
10:00am – 12:00pm: Stacy Marcus, JPC – NY Town Hall Meeting

Helen Mills Event Space
135 West 26th Street, Suite 7A
New York, NY 10001
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Mark S. Goldstein was recently interviewed for an article by Law360 regarding new Labor Law protections for child models. As we previously mentioned, on October 21, 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law amendments to New York’s labor laws to specifically cover child models. The legislation protects runway and print models who are under the age of 18 in accordance with the same state labor laws that already protect other young entertainers. Mark told Law360 that, among other things, he hopes that the Department of Labor works with fashion industry insiders to maximize effective implementation and enforcement of the new law.
Continue Reading New NY Labor Laws in the Spotlight at Fashion Week

On October 21, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law amendments to New York’s labor laws to specifically cover child models. The legislation aims to protect runway and print models who are under the age of 18 in accordance with the same state labor laws that already protect other young entertainers, including actors, dancers, musicians, singers, and voice-over artists. Specifically, the law, which goes into effect 30 days from its October 21 signing, contains mandated education, oversight, and financial protections, and requires employers to obtain work-related certificates of eligibility and maintain proper records of all work performed by child models. Among other provisions, this legislation requires: (i) chaperones to monitor the workplaces of models under 16 years of age; (ii) employers to provide nurses with pediatric experience and, under certain circumstances, teachers, as well as a dedicated space for instruction; (iii) employers to deposit at least 15 percent of the child’s gross income into a financial trust created by the model’s parents or guardians; and (iv) employers to provide notice to the NYS Labor Commissioner at least two business days prior to employing an underage model. Employers that violate the provisions of this legislation will be subject to monetary fines, generally ranging between $1,000 – 3,000 per violation.
Continue Reading New York State Extends Labor Law Protections to Child Print Models

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently issued a “first-of-its-kind” opinion in a case with potentially wide-ranging implications for anyone engaged in the online dissemination of news. (See, The Associated Press v. All Headline News Corp., et al., 08 Civ. 323 (PKC), Memorandum and Opinion, dated Feb. 17, 2009). By

Florida-based travel promoter All in One Vacation Club, and its principals, agreed to pay civil penalties to the FTC of $275,000 for allegedly violating the Do-Not-Call list and other Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) provisions. The company used a direct mail sweepstakes entry to entice consumers to obtain a chance to win a vacation. The official