You never expect your little tyke’s talent act to make it big, but when it does you may find yourself dealing with far more than just managing your child’s mental health and well-being while dealing with the stresses of being a performer. A great deal of paperwork and protections are required to ensure that child performers do not work undue hours or suffer hardship as a result of their performances. You may also worry about what happens if an employer hires your child as a performer, and an injury takes place in the workplace. Is a child performer covered under New York workers’ compensation law?

Not only are they covered, but New York law regarding child performers requires stringent proof of workers’ compensation and disability insurance (or proof of exemption) before they are allowed to hire a child performer or retain his or her services through designated parents or guardians such as yourself. The New York State Department of Labor requires a Child Performer Permit, and must submit necessary documents to obtain and provide proof of workers’ compensation insurance.

Only a few types of employers or performance venues are exempt from this, including churches, schools and venues operated by the U.S. Department of Education. While you would not want your child to be injured on the job, you can rest assured that they are legally covered in the event of any injury or liability.

This has been an educational blog post meant for reference and information only. It is not admissible legal advice.