- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York’s governor has signed into law tougher regulations of nail salons to protect employees, many of them female immigrants, from workplace mistreatment and exploitation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday also announced a new state task force to investigate other industries for worker abuses.

The bill will apply to manicurists, hair stylists and cosmetologists. For nail salons, the bill specifically authorizes officials to shut down unlicensed operators, while adding sex trafficking and compelling prostitution to the list of criminal convictions that prohibit licensing.

It requires manicurist trainees to obtain a certificate to work under a licensed nail practitioner. It says that a year’s active training and completed course, which can be done online, qualify trainees for licenses.

Cuomo says the state will not tolerate worker exploitation in any industry.

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