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Print Shoot Pay Delay

Finally, an employer-friendly law passed in California! Unfortunately, it only affects a small number of employees— but for those employers that are implicated, the law is a welcome reprieve.

On September 5, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 671, the “Photoshoot Pay Easement Act,” which went into effect immediately.  This law specifies that any short-term print shoot employee (from models to crew members) can be paid on the employer’s next regular pay day (including by mail), rather than on the last day they work.

California law generally requires that employees receive all owed wages on their last date of employment.  One notable exception to this rule is for employees who are hired to work on motion picture or television productions. Employers can wait until their last regularly-scheduled pay day to pay these employees.  Senate Bill 671 extends this exception to all photo shoot employees.

A photo shoot is defined as a “still image shoot, including film or digital photography, for use in print, digital, or internet media.”  The passage of this bill is a win for producers, photographers and other employers who faced substantial penalties for failing to pay their assistants, crew members, models, and others on the last day of a shoot.

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About this Author

Jeremy Mittman, Mitchell Silberberg Law Firm, Labor and Employment, Litigation Attorney, Los Angeles

Jeremy Mittman represents management in litigation of employment-related matters, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as state and federal wage and hour claims. Jeremy regularly counsels clients on compliance with employment-related laws and on enforcing personnel policies and procedures. Jeremy has extensive experience representing employers in a variety of industries such as financial services, security services, and numerous entertainment and media companies. In addition, Jeremy works with clients on multi-country HR projects involving...

Stephen Rossi, Mitchel Silberberg Law Firm, Labor and Employment, Litigation Law Attorney, Los Angeles

Stephen A. Rossi represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He has extensive experience in drafting summary judgment briefs, appellate briefs and settlement agreements. He has worked with expert witnesses to prepare reports and regularly conducts depositions. Stephen also has experience litigating complex intellectual property and commercial disputes in many different industries. 

Representative Matters

  • Successfully settled a single-plaintiff wage and hour dispute during arbitration.

  • Achieved a favorable settlement in a wrongful termination dispute.

  • Counseled a non-profit organization on employee classification matters.

  • Litigated a wide variety of intellectual property and commercial disputes, including patent infringement cases and a patent license dispute, a procedurally complex action in state and federal courts relating to an arbitration award, an attorney disqualification case in a trade secret proceeding, class actions, a construction contract dispute, a breach of fiduciary duty case and various other commercial disputes.