Beauty Store Business

DEC 2014

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62 December 2014 | sanitation, accountability and consumer protection—despite how obvious these points may seem to those already part of the professional-beauty industry. What other steps is your team taking to tackle this issue? The GA team has brought together industry sister organizations to create an industry working group. This work- ing group currently includes the Interna- tional SalonSpa Business Network, the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology and the PBA. Together we agree that preventing deregulation of licensing for our industry is a priority. Together the working group has contracted with a Washington, D.C.- based research and advocacy firm to put together a campaign that will include data and information that explain why licensing is important and to dispel any of the myths that have been touted by uneducated, uninformed groups. Our goal is to launch a national campaign with this information by the end of the year. We will also look to study cosmetology school hours and, as part of the third phase of our work together, we will develop sug- gestions for reform. The working group supports licensing, consistency, reciproc- ity and elevating the profession. What other legislation is currently affecting the industry? Looking back on 2014 we saw a trend with a ban on microbeads in personal- care products. And some companies that manufacture personal-care prod- ucts have agreed to phase out certain chemicals for which consumers have expressed a desire to have a different option—what they deem to be safer products. Consumer influence has been so strong and powerful that companies are making substantial product refor- mulation changes without being legally mandated to do so by either the state or federal level. Regulators and agency officials see consumers as becoming more savvy about their product choices. Consumer concern, consumer interest, consumer influence and demand will support change, which is an example of grassroots advocacy. Manufacturers will not be able to get around regulations such as Prop 65 for reporting and labeling or the Safer Consumer Products Program. Instead, it is important to learn the process and prepare to submit data to support their current use of chemicals in their products if a chemical is chosen as a chemical of concern. Other states, including Mas- sachusetts, Vermont, Washington and Oregon, are progressing with policy ideas similar to those currently in California. The Small Business Tax Equaliza- tion and Compliance Act, or FICA Tip Tax Fairness legislation, would extend the current 45(b) FICA dollar-for-dollar tax credit to salon and spa owners on FICA taxes paid on employee tips. This legislation has received bipartisan sup- port in Congress, has been reintroduced and was included during the committee "The power of constituents has grown. If volunteer advocates come together in large numbers to influence their own elected official, this matters." Refresh, Restore, Renew!... ™ e Re e e s sh efres , R Res R e Re e s sh, efr es R R st s store, s Res R R Ren new!... en ! ™ The FootMate logo is a registered trademark of Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. Manufactured and Distributed by Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. ©2014 Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. All rights reserved The Podiatrist recommended FootMate ® System is a complete foot care system for cleaning, soothing, stimulating, and massaging your feet every time you shower without having to bend over. The FootMate ® System is great for the elderly, anyone with back problems, pregnant women, athletes, people that have trouble bending or seeing their feet, or anyone wanting a soothing, stimulating way to clean and massage their feet while showering. The FootMate's unique Rejuvenating Gel™ is a natural antiseptic, cleanser, and conditioner all in one specially formulated for feet. The FootMate ® Rejuvenating Gel™ will leave your feet soft and thoroughly cleansed. The FootMate ® System is the ultimate foot massage and the perfect way to pamper your tired, aching feet. The FootMate System 855-FOOTMATE 323-952-4274 ®

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