Key Campaigns 

2016

AB 2125 - The Healthy Nail Salon Act

The Healthy Nail Salon Act, AB 2125, is a groundbreaking bill authored by Assembly Member David Chiu that was passed in September 2016. The Collaborative served as co-sponsor of the Healthy Nail Salon Act with Asian Health Services. Built on our record of successfully advocating for Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Programs (HNSRP) in the Bay Area and Southern California, the bill will expand HNSRP’s throughout the state. HSNRPs provide recognition to nail salons that prioritize worker health. These salons use less toxic nail products, proper ventilation, and implement best practices in health and workplace safety. 

AB 2025 - Labor Education for Salon Licensees

AB 2025, authored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez, and sponsored by the Collaborative was signed into law in August 2016. This bill creates an important mechanism for all salon workers and owners to understand labor standards and worker’s rights.  A 2015 “Women in the Workplace” legislative hearing found that nail salon workers often lack of awareness about their labor rights. This lack of information can contribute to unsafe workplaces and illegal practices. 

To raise awareness and ensure workers have the information they need to advocate for their own rights, AB 2025 calls for the following:

  • Basic labor law information in Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) license and renewal applications for licensees
  • Workers’ rights education in cosmetology curriculum
  • Increased language access to BBC information and materials in Vietnamese, Korean, and Spanish; and opportunity to indicate language preference in interacting with the BBC.

2014

AB 2253 (Ting)

The Collaborative co-sponsored AB 2253 to ensure that nail salon workers receive materials in the language that they speak. Passed in 2014, AB 2253 helps all Californians, including nail salon workers, who have difficulties accessing services due to language, bring those difficulties to the attention of agencies to be resolved. 
Ensuring that the complaint process of California’s language access law is translated into other languages helps state agencies determine their language access deficiencies and find effective ways to meet their goals of serving all Californians, regardless of the language capability.