New York Legislative Updates

New Emergency Regulations for Nail Salons in New York

In May 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a multi-pronged effort to reform the nail salon industry in New York State by correcting and preventing unlawful practices and unsafe working conditions. Governor Cuomo assembled a multi-agency Task Force consisting of representatives from the Department of Labor, Department of State, and Department of Health to implement the reforms which include a comprehensive package of legislation and new emergency regulations, administrative changes, and an outreach campaign to educate workers, businesses and the public.

On May 18, 2015, the New York Department of State filed a first set of emergency regulations designed to protect workers. The Department filed updated emergency regulations on June 10, 2015 which supersede some earlier provisions but still maintain necessary protections for workers. Click here to read about how these new regulations affect nail salon owners and workers. In addition, new requirements are being developed to ensure that salons and work stations are properly ventilated. The text of the proposed regulations can be viewed here.

For more information, please contact the New York Division of Licensing Services.

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