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Agreement Reached To Support New York Nail Salon Workers

Nail salon workers in New York will now be protected with new legislation.
Nail salon workers in New York will now be protected with new legislation. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – A three-way agreement was reached between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie that will protect New York State nail workers, according to Cuomo’s office.

The legislation aims to avoid the exploitation of nail salon workers by giving the Department of State the ability to close businesses that violate the law.

“With this agreement, we are sending a message that exploitation in the workplace will not be tolerated in the State of New York,” said Cuomo.

“This legislation allows the State to crack down on bad actors in the nail salon industry and hold them accountable. It also streamlines the licensing process for workers so they can get the training they need to move forward professionally without being held hostage to their employers. Our actions will make the nail salon industry safer and fairer, and I am proud that New York is standing up to protect workers who cannot protect themselves," he continued.

Many nail salon employees work in unsafe working conditions and under unjust labor practices, such as inadequate ventilation, non-payment of wages, nonexistent worker’s compensation coverage and no business liability insurance, according to the administration.

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