What salon owners need to know:

  • The New York State Department of Labor enforces labor laws in the State, including the payment of the minimum wage.

  • In New York State, employees have a right to a minimum wage of $8.75 per hour.

  • For more information, go to www.labor.ny.gov or call 1-888-469-7365. You can receive assistance in many languages.

  • Federal law requires that employers provide protection against workplace hazards for their employees.

  • The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs enforces the City’s Paid Sick Leave Law.

  • New York City’s Paid Sick Leave Law requires employers to provide leave so employees can care for themselves or their families, regardless of their immigration status. If you have 5 or more employees, you must provide paid leave. If you have 1-4 employees, you must also provide leave and this leave can be unpaid. For more information, go to www.nyc.gov/paidsickleave or call 311. You can receive assistance in many languages.

  • It is illegal to retaliate against employees who exercise their rights under the Paid Sick Leave Law. If it is determined that you retaliated against an employee, you may be responsible for lost wages and benefits, fines, and may have to rehire an employee who has been unlawfully terminated.

  • New York City’s Paid Sick Leave law covers most employees, including those who are undocumented.

  • You can also access many services, such as free business courses, free legal services, free help understanding laws and rules, and ways in which to recruit workers, by visiting www.nyc.gov/nycbusiness or calling 311.  You can receive assistance in many languages.

Additional Information for Nail Salon Owners

In May 2015, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a multi-pronged effort to reform the nail salon industry in New York State. This reform aims to correct and prevent unlawful practices and unsafe working conditions. Learn more by visiting ny.gov