Submitted by Admin on Fri, 05/29/2015 - 18:27

New York State has launched a safety campaign for #NailSalonSafety and enacted emergency regulations, introduced legislation to protect workers, and educated workers.

When you or someone you know visits a nail salon, ask these 5 questions to the people in charge:

Are workers paid at least the minimum wage and overtime?
Is appropriate protective equipment respirator mask, gloves, eye protection provided to workers?
Is there adequate ventilation (no strong chemical odors)?
Is the salon business license posted in plain view?
Is the Nail Salon Workers' Bill of Rights posted in plain view?

If you find something wrong, please call the Nail Salon Industry Task Force: (888) 469-7365

There are 3,300 nail salons in the state of New York. More nail salons than any other state, and more nail salons than we have Starbucks, believe it or not. The bad news is it’s very hard for the Department of State to police 3,300 nail salons. The good news is, with 3,300 nail salons, consumers have a choice.

If there is a nail salon that is abusing its workers, simply don’t give them your business. You have 3,299 other options. Walk down the block and patronize a business that treats their workers fairly. We are doing everything we can, but nothing can change industry practices faster than the consumer and the marketplace applying pressure to the unscrupulous few who are taking advantage of their employees.

New Yorkers should not tolerate abuse of workers, and their exploitation because they are afraid to go to law enforcement.