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Information for the Nail Salon Industry

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. Governor Cuomo put together a multi-agency Nail Salon Industry Enforcement Task Force that includes the Department of Labor, Department of State and Department of Health. This Task Force will ensure that the reforms are put into action.

The information below will help you understand the rights of workers in the nail salon industry. If you have any questions, please call the Task Force Hotline at: 888-469-7365.

Contact us for general information about nail salon industry rights and responsibilities.

Proper Wages

Workers must be paid for every hour they work. Their pay must include overtime (more than 40 hours) as calculated each week.

If workers are tipped and make at least the tip amount listed in the chart below, they must be paid at least the corresponding hourly wage shown:

Proper Wages for Tipped Workers
LocationLow Tip Credit*First 40 hours per week, at leastAfter 40 hours per week, at leastHigh Tip Credit*First 40 hours per week, at leastAfter 40 hours per week, at least
NYC – Large Employers (11 or more employees) $1.65/hour $9.35/hour $14.85/hour $2.70/hour $8.30/hour $13.80/hour
NYC – Small Employers (10 or fewer employees) $1.60/hour $8.90/hour $14.15/hour $2.55/hour $7.95/hour $13.20/hour
Long Island and Westchester County $1.50/hour $8.50/hour $13.50/hour $2.45/hour $7.55/hour $12.55/hour
Remainder of New York State $1.45/hour $8.25/hour $13.10/hour $2.35/hour $7.35/hour $12.20/hour

If workers are not tipped, they must be paid these hourly wages:

Proper Wages for Non-Tipped Workers
LocationFirst 40 hours per week, at leastAfter 40 hours per week, at least
NYC – Large Employers (11 or more employees) $11.00/hour $16.50/hour
NYC – Small Employers (10 or fewer employees) $10.50/hour $15.75/hour
Long Island and Westchester County $10.00/hour $15.00/hour
Remainder of New York State $9.70/hour $14.55/hour

Please note: the numbers above are minimums. If, for instance, a worker is paid at a higher hourly rate than $9.70 (Remainder of NYS), their overtime is calculated at 1.5 times that higher rate. If they are paid at an hourly rate below $9.70, their overtime is $14.55 per hour, minus the amount of tip credit used.

*If he or she makes less than the minimum required hourly tip amount each week, employers are not allowed a tip credit.

IMPORTANT: Employers should never take tips or wages from a worker or pay them less than minimum wage. Workers should never pay to apply for a position, to get a job, for training, as punishment, for breakage or any other reason.

Worker Bill of Rights Poster (P718)

Nail salon owners must display this poster in plain view.

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Information Sheet for Nail Salon Owners (P719)

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Would you like to report an abuse in the nail salon industry? Call the Task Force Hotline at 1-888-469-7365 or select the "Report Abuse" button below to fill out an online form.

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