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Make California’s new Personal Service Permit open to licensed freelance stylists!

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The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology is in the process of finalizing the language for a new permit, the Personal Services Permit (PSP) that will allow licensed barbering and cosmetology professionals to perform services outside of licensed salons.

While this is very exciting news for freelance and self-employed stylists throughout the state, unfortunately the current proposed language will require anyone seeking the PSP be an employee of a licensed salon.

But it’s not too late. The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology will be holding a meeting to discuss and potentially approve the proposed regulatory language on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 10am.

If you believe that licensed freelance and self-employed stylists should be empowered to service their clients in venues outside of salons, then sign this petition and let the state’s Board of Barbering and Cosmetology know that freelance stylists deserve to work for themselves and keep more of their hard earned money!

How you can help:

Sign this petition, which will be delivered to the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology and the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Send an email to the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology telling them not approve any regulatory language for the Personal Service Permit that requires stylists to be employees of salons. Use subject line: I Support Personal Service Permits for Freelancers!

Call the Board at (916) 575-7104 and tell them why you support the PSP and what this permit would mean to you.

Comment in person at the Board’s meeting on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 10am, where the full Board will be considering the Personal Service Permit:

1747 North Market Blvd
HQ2 Hearing Room 186, 1st Floor
Sacramento, CA 9583 

More information on the current proposed language:

At the November 14, 2016 Licensing and Examinations Committee meeting, the Committee members proposed the following regulatory guidelines:

  • The regulations will limit the Personal Service Permit (PSP) to cutting and styling hair.
  • The PSP will be tied to a licensed, working, brick-and-mortar establishment.
  • The licensed establishment and PSP holder will provide proof of liability insurance.
  • The number of PSP holders per establishment will be limited.
  • A criminal background check will be part of the PSP licensing process.
  • The regulations will stipulate how tools will be disinfected and transported. The clean, closed container language can be used and the PSP holder will also be required to carry a soiled container to bring back to the establishment to disinfect later.
  • Spray-on disinfectants and wipes will be permitted in the field.
  • The PSP holder will post their PSP and establishment licenses on any advertisement.
  • A notice will be posted on the website to direct consumers to check license numbers online and verify the connection to an establishment.
  • The PSP holder will be required to have a photo ID to show that they match the license number advertised.

As customary, the Board allowed for public comments during this meeting. Fred Jones, Legal Counsel for the Professional Beauty Federation of California, (the PBFC is sponsored by Fantastic Sams and SportClips), spoke in favor of tying the PSP to a brick-and-mortar establishment. He suggested that the following be included in the regulations:

  • PSP holders must demonstrate, while at the licensed establishment, their protocols used when in someone's home or place of business.
  • The minimum liability insurance should be $1 million. That amount should be specified in the regulations.
  • Geographical boundary limitations per PSP holder should be limited, such as within "X" miles of the licensed establishment.
  •  PSP holders should be made employees of the establishment they are tied to.

These requirements would be problematic for freelancers in this industry, so we need your support to make the Personal Service Permit available to all beauty professionals and not tied to a salon.

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