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New York Bill Would Give Fashion Models More Labor Protections

Proponents say a legal loophole allows late payments, garnished wages and a lack of transparency

Models walk the runway at a show during New York Fashion Week in February.

Models walk the runway at a show during New York Fashion Week in February.

Photographer: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

New York’s fashion models and influencers would get greater protection from exploitation by management companies and agencies under a proposed state bill that aims to shake up an industry that employs 230,000 workers.

Expected to be introduced by State Senator Brad Hoylman on Friday, the Fashion Workers Act would for the first time require management companies or modeling agencies, which typically serve as intermediaries between clients and models, to register with the state and disclose their ownership. Unregistered agencies would no longer be able to operate in New York. It would also codify basic protections for workers, such as good-faith representation and more reliable payment schedules.