The Model Alliance announces Fashion Workers Act
The Model Alliance announced on Friday the launch of a new legislation to regulate management agencies and to provide labor protection for models and other fashion creatives.
Dubbed the 'Fashion Workers Act', the bill was presented at a press conference by Sara Ziff of the Model Alliance, along with New York State Senator Brad Hoylman and the models Karen Elson and Teddy Quinlivan, among others.
“The fashion industry is a $2.5 trillion global industry, and New York is its center in the U.S… And yet, the creative workforce behind the industry’s success – namely, models, influencers, stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, and other creative artists – are not afforded basic labor protections in New York,” The Model Alliance explained in a statement.
The Fashion Workers Act aims to address this issue by holding management companies accountable and by creating basic protection for fashion’s creative workforce. As part of the bill, it would require management companies to pay models and creatives within 45 days of completing a job, provide models and creatives with copies of contracts and agreements, and conduct reasonable inquiry into health and safety on set.
It further requires agencies to register and deposit a surety bond of $50,000 with the NYS Department of State, and discontinues bad practices such as collecting signing fees or deposits from models, charging more than the daily fair market rate for accommodation, and deducting any other fee or expense than the agreed upon commission, among others.
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