KeepUsInBusiness.com is an initiative of The Korean-American Nail Salon Association (KANSA), a membership organization representing over 2,000 nail salons in New York State that strive for excellence and adhere to the highest code of business ethics in how they treat their employees and customers.
After the 2-part exposé in The New York Times back in May 2015 on the mistreatment of nail salon workers in New York salons, a lot of misleading information appeared in both the mainstream press and on social media. We don't doubt that there are some unscrupulous, dishonest nail salon owners who mistreat their employees and operate in unsafe, toxic environments, and that is truly shameful. But there are also thousands of honest nail salon owners who treat their workers (and customers) right and run clean, non-toxic, safe environments. It is important to differentiate between the two, especially recognizing those nail salons that do virtually no artificial nail services (the primary source of dust and toxins).
We believe that the new expanded ventilation requirements announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office on July 21, 2016, which may well run into the six-figure range and likely can NOT be implemented in many existing nail salon locations (because of building code restrictions and landlord refusals) are not necessary in most modern-day salons that already have proper ventilation. The new requirements as currently drafted will, de facto, put hundreds (if not thousands) of honest nail salon owners out of business, and we don't want that to happen. We seek a fair, equitable solution to the matter for all the stakeholders (owners, workers, customers).
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