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AB-1576 Modeling agencies: licensure: models: employees.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 1707) is added to Part 6 of Division 2 of the Labor Code, to read:

CHAPTER  6. Modeling Agencies
1707.
 (a) Professional fashion models face pervasive and hazardous occupational demands to maintain extreme and unhealthy thinness. These occupational pressures create a dangerous work environment. Models experience a substantially elevated risk of eating disorders and other severe health problems associated with starvation.
(b) The majority of models enter the industry as minors, making them especially vulnerable to mistreatment and to the physical and psychological damage caused by eating disorders. Women working as professional fashion models are more likely to have a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, dangerously low body mass index, and amenorrhea, which is a serious medical indicator of hormonal dysregulation that can have negative health consequences for life.
(c) As with all workers, professional fashion models are entitled to safe working conditions. The time, place, and means of the services provided by professional models are typically controlled by the company paying their compensation. Many models, including minors, are wrongly treated as independent contractors and currently do not receive workplace protections. Clarifying their classification as employees of the companies paying their compensation will enhance workplace protections.
(d) The impact of the fashion industry on health reaches far beyond the hazardous occupational conditions that professional models endure. Through its dominant presence in the mass media and pervasive influence on setting cultural standards for apparel, particularly for girls and young women, the fashion industry helps to define, transmit, and reinforce an unrealistic standard of thinness, a well-documented risk factor for eating disorders.
(e) Scientific research has shown that viewing media images of extremely thin models leads to body dissatisfaction in adolescent girls and young women, especially those who already have heightened vulnerability to eating disorders. In addition, scientific studies have shown that body dissatisfaction in adolescence is a strong indicator that a young person may develop an eating disorder.
(f) Improving working conditions to reduce excessive thinness among professional models is likely to lead to healthier images of models’ weight. This change in media portrayals of models’ weight may help to achieve a larger societal value in making media images more healthful and less damaging to girls’ and young women’s body image, ultimately reducing their risk for eating disorders.
(g) In 2017, hundreds of artists came out with reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the entertainment industry. The reports are horrendous and indicate a culture of harassment that requires workplace education and training to change that culture. Some reports involve criminal assault and acts involving minors.
(h) It has been widely known in the entertainment industry that certain specific individuals have a history of sexual harassment. So much so that an Academy Award winner was the subject of a joke about sexual harassment during public comments at an awards ceremony. That individual has more than 70 complaints of harassment.
(i) Talent agencies often ignore harassment and send artists to work with individuals who have a history of harassment without warning the artist. Several artists have recently publicly called out the talent agencies for a lack of support and reported that some talent agencies have retaliated against artists who have spoken out about harassment.
1707.1.
 For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
(a) “Artist” has the same meaning as that term is defined in Section 1701.
(b) “License” means a license issued by the Labor Commissioner for a talent agency to carry on the business of a modeling agency under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 1700).
(c) “Licensee” means a modeling agency that holds a valid license as a talent agency under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 1700).
(d) “Model” means an artist under Section 1701 covered under Wage Order 4 of the Industrial Welfare Commission who, in the course of his or her occupation, performs modeling services for, or who consents in writing to the transfer of his or her legal right to the use of his or her name, portrait, picture, or image for advertising purposes or for the purposes of trade directly to, a retail store, a manufacturer, an advertising agency, a photographer, a publishing company, or a modeling agency.
(e) “Modeling agency” means a person that facilitates an employment opportunity as defined in Section 1701 for a model and that holds a valid license under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 1700).
(f) “Modeling services” means the appearance by a model in photographic sessions or the engagement of a model in runway, live, filmed, or taped performances requiring him or her to pose, provide an example or standard of artistic expression, or to be a representation to show the construction or appearance of some thing or place for purposes of display or advertising.
1707.2.
 (a) The Labor Commissioner shall approve a sexual harassment prevention and health standards training program and post on her or his Internet Web site a list of vendors who provide sexual harassment prevention and health standards training under this section. The Labor Commissioner may approve different programs specifically designed to meet the purposes of subdivisions (b) and (c). An approved sexual harassment prevention and health standards training program shall include but not be limited to the following:
(1) Health standards provided for in Section 1707.4.
(2) Types of harassment.
(3) Workplace discrimination.
(4) Workplace safety issues related to physical and emotional health.
(5) How to identify and prevent inappropriate behavior.
(6) Worker rights and protections provided in law.
(7) Potential liabilities for those who engage in, encourage, facilitate, or ignore sexual harassment and failure to comply with health standards.
(8) The potential responsibilities of a licensee to advise and represent the best interests of artists relative to sexual harassment prevention and health standards. This includes, but is not limited to, responding to complaints by artists, refusing to send artists to potentially unhealthy situations, reporting accusations of assault to law enforcement, helping artists recognize and identify sexual harassment and unhealthy activities.
(9) Meet the requirements of Section 12950.1 of the Government Code regardless of the number of employees.
(b) All employees of a licensee who work with artists, either directly or indirectly, shall receive training in a manner approved by the Labor Commissioner under subdivision (a) within 30 days of being hired and once per calendar year thereafter. For purposes of this subdivision, “employee” includes all those acting as representatives of licensees. The training shall be in the language understood by the employee. The person may comply with this language requirement either by providing the training in that language or by having the training interpreted for the employee in the language that he or she understands.
(c) All artists represented by a licensee shall receive training in a manner approved by the Labor Commissioner under subdivision (a) within 30 days of engaging a talent service and once per calendar year thereafter. The training shall be in the language understood by the artist. The person may comply with this language requirement either by providing the training in that language or by having the training interpreted for the artist in the language that he or she understands.
(d) (1) The licensee shall annually report to the Labor Commissioner, in a manner prescribed by the Labor Commissioner, the total number of employees and artists trained under subdivisions (b) and (c) in the previous calendar year and the complete list of all materials or resources utilized to provide the training.
(2) The Labor Commissioner shall annually aggregate the data provided by licensees under this subdivision and publish on the Internet Web site of the Labor Commissioner the total number of employees and artists trained in the previous calendar year.
1707.3.
 A person shall not engage in or carry on the occupation of a modeling agency without first procuring a license under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 1700).
1707.4.
 (a) The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board shall, no later than June 30, 2019, and in consultation with accredited specialists in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders, adopt an occupational safety and health standard for models, with an operative date of July 1, 2020, to be fully complied with by December 31, 2020. The standard shall apply to services provided in California by models under this chapter and Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 1700). The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board may update these standards from time to time as it deems necessary.
(b) The standard shall address issues including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Protection of the model’s rights to health care privacy under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-191) and all other provisions of law.
(2) Workplace safety, especially for minors, including protection from sexual exploitation and sexual predators.
(3) Prevention and treatment of eating disorders.