What state and federal laws apply to your beauty business? Don’t wait for a complaint, lawsuit, investigation or fine to find out.
Trusting information crowdsourced from colleagues and social media may be hazardous to the health of your business.
Worthy of bookmarks, the best resources for compliance connect directly to official government websites (.gov).
State Governments – This state-by-state directory provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) focuses on small businesses and the self-employed with links for doing business in your state, becoming an employer, paying state taxes and more.
Professional Licensing Boards – Courtesy of the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC), visit your state board’s website to learn about licensing requirements, review health and safety regulations, renew or verify a license, file a complaint, participate in a board meeting and contact board staff.
Mission: “The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses.”
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Department of the Treasury)
Mission: “Provide America’s taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.”
Mission: “To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.”
Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) (Department of Labor)
Mission: “To ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (Department of Justice)
Mission: “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from discrimination.”
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (Department of Justice)
Mission: “Prevent and remedy unlawful employment discrimination and advance equal opportunity for all in the workplace.”
Discrimination by Type: Age, Disability, Equal Pay/Compensation, Genetic Information, Harassment, National Origin, Pregnancy, Race/Color, Religion, Retaliation, Sex, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) (Department of Justice)
Mission: “The Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) enforces the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).”
Mission: “The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects the rights of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions.”
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (Department of Health and Human Services)
Mission: “The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Department of Health and Human Services)
Mission: “CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.”
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Department of Commerce)
Mission: “The FTC is a bipartisan federal agency with a unique dual mission to protect consumers and promote competition.”
Mission: “ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”