Entertainment Payroll 101

How does payroll work in entertainment?

When you have a production, whether an event, film, commercial, etc, you will need to pay people for their services. Once you pay someone for services, you become an employer and need to comply with state and federal laws. In addition, if the labor is unionized you need to comply with union rules. This all applies whether you pay someone for an hour of work or you pay hundreds of people for months of work.

Companies like TakeOne specialize in making it as easy as possible for you to spin up a project, pay people for their services, and automate as much compliance, payments, and insurance processes as possible.

What are union fringes? Is that the same as union benefits?

When you hire a union member, you need to enter into an agreement with the appropriate union to pay any union dues owed. These dues are referred to as union benefits and \ or fringes.

A part of these dues often go towards paying for health and pension benefits of the employee. You as the employer will likely owe a % of the payroll towards this and depending on the union, the employee also may have a % of their net wages deducted to pay towards these benefits.