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Certificates and Permits

Child Performer

New York State law requires that:

  • All employers of child performers to have a valid Certificate of Eligibility to Employ Child Performers from the State Labor Department
  • All child performers they employ have a valid Employment Permit for a Child Performer from the State Labor Department

The employer must:

  • Get a Certificate of Eligibility to Employ Child Performers LS-550 (valid for three years) before they employ any child performers
  • Renew this certificate before it expires
  • Read and understand Regulations Part 186 Child Performers
  • Make trust account transfers for paid employment to the performer’s trust account, or to the NYS Comptroller if the parent/guardian did not provide the trust account information
  • Provide a teacher to performers as required
  • Maintain proper records and keep permits and certificate on file
  • Obtain emergency contact information and authorization to perform emergency medical treatment from parent/guardian of performers (LS 563)
  • Designate a responsible person(s) as required for performers under age 16 and provide a nurse(s) for infants, or obtain written designation from parent/guardian as required
  • Provide safety and health information to performers, parents/guardians and responsible persons
  • Provide meal and rest breaks and abide by permitted working hours for child performersThe parent or guardian of the child performer must:

    The Group Employer must:

    • Read and understand Regulations Part 186 Child Performers
    • Make trust account transfers for paid employment to the performer’s trust account, or to the NYS Comptroller if the parent/guardian did not provide the trust account information
    • Obtain performer information, emergency contact information, authorization to perform emergency medical treatment, and permission to perform from parent/guardian of performers (LS 563)
    • Maintain proper records, keep performer information and certificate(s) on file
    • Designate at least one responsible person for every 20 performers, or fraction thereof, under age 16 and also provide a nurse(s) for infants as required
    • Provide safety and health information to performers, parents/guardians and responsible persons
    • Provide meal and rest breaks and abide by permitted working hours for child performers

    The parent or guardian of the child performer must:

    • Get a Child Performer Permit before work begins, and give a copy to each employer.
    • Provide all required documentation with the 1-year permit application for example: school form, health form and trust account form.
    • Renew the permit for the child performer 30 days prior to expiration.
    • Establish a child performer trust account, unless one already exists.
    • Notify the child performer's employer of:
      - the existence of the account including any information needed to make transfers
      - any change in facts that could affect the employer's obligation to make transfers
      - if they wish to transfer more than 15% of the child performer's gross earnings to the trust account
    • Appoint a trust company as custodian of the account once the balance reaches $250,000
    • Work with the child performer, any certified teacher provided by the employer and with the child's school to make sure that the child maintains good academic performance
    • Make sure that a child performer required to attend school is not without a teacher and unemployed for longer than ten (10) consecutive days while the school is in session
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