NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday aimed at providing greater protections for workers in New York’s nail salons.
The measure was pushed through Albany in May shortly after the New York Times profiled nail salon workers and the conditions they face.
The legislation gives the Department of State power to shutter unlicensed salons. It also adds sex trafficking to the list of criminal convictions that would bar an owner from obtaining a license, 1010 WINS reported.
Additionally, new nail salon workers can now register with the state as trainees so that they can make a living while they study for their licensing exam.
Many nail salon workers were on hand for the bill signing in the Bronx, CBS2’s Alive Gainer reported.
“Nail workers are not just workers, they are human beings too,” said one worker.
“We were working 10 hour days,” said another woman.
While signing the nail salon legislation Thursday, Cuomo also announced a brand new multi-agency task force that will work to root out worker exploitation in 14 different industries in New York.
“We’re gonna form a joint task force. We have 700 investigators in the state of New York who are going to be investigating these violations with all these businesses all across the state of New York,” Cuomo said.