NY says 143 nail salons ordered to pay $2M in wages, damages

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York authorities say they have ordered 143 nail salons to pay $2 million in unpaid wages and damages to 652 workers.

A state task force established a year ago says Monday it has opened investigations into more than 450 businesses, completing 383 so far.

Following a New York Times expose on underpaid nail salon employees, many of them immigrants, the state has enacted reforms. They include requiring salons to publicly post notices of workers’ rights to legal wages and a safe environment.

As a state license condition, salons are required to get insurance or bonding to cover business liabilities and unpaid wages.

Authorities say 4,000 salons statewide have secured a bond.

Owners are also required to provide protective equipment, including masks and gloves.

Regulations have been proposed for public comment.

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