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Legal Developments: Photographers at Risk for Treating Crew as Independent Contractors

February 1, 2018

By David Walker

Long-accepted ways of hiring and paying crew violate some state laws. But updating hiring practices is a challenge. Here's what you need to know.

A recent class action lawsuit against a California advertising photographer comes as a warning that standard practices for hiring and paying crew have not kept up with state laws. Producers, photographers and clients may all be at risk of legal action. The advertising photographer is being sued by a freelance director he hired for two productions in early 2017. The...

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