Best Online Resources for Compliance


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.


Small Business Administration (SBA) 

Mission: “The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses.”

Register Your Business

Apply for Licenses and Permits

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.”

Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) or Employee?

Business Structures 

Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Business Taxes

Hiring Employees

Employment Taxes

Tax Tips for the Cosmetology & Barber Industry

How Do You Report Suspected Tax Fraud Activity?

Department of Labor (DOL)

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.”

Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors

Summary of the Major Laws

State Minimum Wage Laws

Hours Worked & Overtime Pay


Unemployment Insurance

Workers’ Compensation

Workplace Posters

How to File a Complaint

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.”

Hazard Communication Standard: Safety Data Sheets

OSHA Worker Rights and Protections

Help for Employers

Hair Salons: Facts about Formaldehyde in Hair Products

Health Hazards in Nail Salons

File a Complaint

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (Department of Justice)

Mission: “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from discrimination.”

Businesses That Are Open to the Public

File a Complaint

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (Department of Justice)

Mission: “Prevent and remedy unlawful employment discrimination and advance equal opportunity for all in the workplace.”

Employees & Job Applicants

Employers/Small Business

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).”

Best Practices for Hiring and Recruiting Workers

Protecting Your Right to Work

EEOC vs EIR Employment Discrimination Comparison

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

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.”

Employee Rights

Employer/Union Rights and Obligations

The NLRB and Social Media

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.”

Cosmetics Guidance & Regulation

Summary of Cosmetic Labeling Requirements

Cosmetic Ingredients

Hair Products

Nail Care Products

How to Report Product Problems and Complaints to the FDA

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.”

Nail Technicians’ Health and Workplace Exposure Control

COVID-19 Employer Information for Beauty Salons and Barbershops

What Beauty Salon and Barbershop Employees Need to Know about COVID-19

COVID-19 Employer Information for Nail Salons

What Nail Salon Employees Need to Know about COVID-19

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.”

When a Business Offer or Coaching Program Is a Scam

Multi-Level Marketing Businesses and Pyramid Schemes

Report Fraud

Department of Education (ED)

Mission: “ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”

Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (DAPIP)

Student Loans, Forgiveness

Know Your Rights

How to File a Discrimination Complaint with the Office for Civil Rights

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