NEW LAW: New Requirements For California Talent Agencies

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 2338 into law.  This new law places new training requirements for talent agency employers.

First, talent agencies must make educational materials regarding sexual harassment prevention, retaliation, and reporting resources to an adult artist within 90 days of the talent agency agreeing to represent that artist.  The materials must be in the language understood by that artist and must include, at a minimum, the components specified in the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s Form 185.

In addition to the above materials, talent agencies must also provide the artist with educational materials regarding nutrition and eating disorders within 90 days of the talent agency agreeing to represent that artist.  The materials must be in the language understood by that artist and must include, at a minimum, the components specified in the National Institute of Health’s Eating Disorders Web site (www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disorders/index.shtml).

Finally, prior to issuing an entertainment work permit to a minor (between 14 to 17 years of age), the parent/legal guardian and the minor must receive and complete training in sexual harassment prevention, retaliation, and reporting resources.  The training must be administered by a third-party vendor, on-site, electronically, via Internet Web site, or other means. The training must be in the language understood by that the minor and his guardian and must include, at a minimum, the components specified in the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s Form 185.

This new law goes into effect on January 1, 2019.