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February 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Nail salons misclassifying employees as "booth renters," Labor Department says

Across the country, workers who are employees of nail salons are routinely misclassified as independent contractors or booth renters, the U.S. Labor Department is finding in an nationwide investigation.

The department is conducting unannounced investigations of nail salons throughout the Seattle area as part of its ongoing probe.

The department said several salons have misclassified workers in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’.

The result, the department said, is that workers are either not paid proper overtime or are paid a flat rate for all the hours they worked, resulting in minimum wage violations.

Additionally, salons fail to maintain accurate records of workers’  daily and weekly hours worked, or fail to pay forpre- or post-shift duties and make illegal deductions for uniforms, equipment rental or other items that reduce a worker’s regular pay rate below the minimum wage.

When violations are found, back wages will be collected for affected employees, and penalties will be assessed against employers.

Over the past two years,  the division has collected more than $688,000 in back wages for employees in the hair, nail and skin care industries nationwide.

According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, there are currently 24,898 active licensed manicurists in the state.

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