As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to perform nail salon sweeps in various states, especially in empire states where the New York Times recently published articles about the hazards facing nail salon workers, the federal agency has released a poster this year that discusses in detail both Wage and Hour Protection as well as Health and Safety Protection.
The Wage and Hour Division helps all workers in the United States, regardless of immigration status. As a nail salon worker, one has the right to be paid full and fair wages for all hours you work.
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health on the other hand recognizes that products used in nail salons can contain harmful chemicals. Over time, repeated use or exposure to high concentrations of these chemicals could damage your body or cause serious health effects. This new poster emphasizes that nail salon workers have the right to working conditions that do not put them at risk of serious harm.
Some salons incorrectly call workers “independent contractors” when they are actually employees. It is important for you to know the difference between the two because employees are legally entitled to greater health and safety protections, wages and benefits. A salon owner may call you an independent contractor, or give you an IRS form 1099 instead of a W-2, but this does not automatically make you an independent contractor. This poster helps both employers and employees determine which classifications workers fall under.
For the convenience of our customers, the All in One Poster Company has developed a
24” x 36” laminated version of this labor law poster that contains 4 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. We call it the Nail Salon Workers Rights. These are also available only in a particular language in an 11” x 17” laminated poster.