Governor's Message on Worker Exploitation

A fair day's wage for a fair day's work is a principle upon which this state was built. That's why, at Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's direction, the Nail Salon Industry Task Force is cracking down on employers who exploit workers. Recently, the Task Force ordered 143 nail salons in New York to pay $2 million in unpaid wages and damages to more than 650 workers.

The governor's message is clear: Worker exploitation has no place in the State of New York.
To protect you and other nail salon workers, New York State has enacted historic reforms, including:

  • One of the strongest wage protections in the nation, ensuring workers get paid the wages to which they are entitled;

  • Some of the strongest air quality protections in the nation keeping workers and the public safe; and

  •  Rigorous safety standards, guaranteeing workers complete access to protective equipment including masks, gloves and eye protection.


To learn more about these reforms click here. 
New York State also created the Nail Salon Workers' Bill of Rights. It notifies workers of their rights to a legal wage and safe working environment. Nail salons must post the Bill of Rights in a place visible to all employees and the public.
But that's not all that Governor Cuomo has done to restore economic justice and fairness for working families in New York State.
The governor recently signed legislation enacting a statewide $15 minimum wage for all workers, including nail technicians, and a 12-week paid family leave policy.  The paid family leave program will provide 12 weeks of paid leave to take care of a sick family member or bond with a new child--more than any family leave program in the nation.

Have two minutes? Watch a short video about how paid family leave works.

Let's keep fighting to protect dignity and respect for all workers.
You can help make sure that you have a healthy work environment.

To learn more about nail salon safety visit ny.gov/NailSalonSafety or to report abuse call the Task Force Hotline
at 1-888-469-7365.