Employers have the responsibility to stay alert to employment law changes and modify any policies that do not comply with federal and state laws. The fashion industry, however, continues to show signs that they're far behind in protecting models. As independent contractors for fashion designers, it's sometimes unclear for the employer how to treat the models under the law, but it's becoming increasingly clear that further regulation may be needed to prevent grievous harm.
There have been many cases filed by those in the workforce that deal with the issue of overtime compensation. State and federal rules govern when overtime is to be paid, and also which categories of workers are entitled to the payments.