Legal

From employment law, including the minimum wage and discrimination laws, to legal issues with music licenses, insurance, chair rental there is a lot of legislation a salon owner needs to be aware of.

Keep up with the latest legal legislation affecting your salon business through our expert articles and guides.

This information is advisory only, if you have a specific legal issue you should seek the advice of a qualified legal professional.

Cyber Insurance – Are you Covered?

Posted on January 21, 2019

According to the National Cyber Security Centre, 52% of UK businesses were victim to a cyber-attack in 2017. That figure has increased from 46% in 2016 and 24% in 2015 (Beazley, May 2018). There is a worrying upward trend in play… The impact of cyber-attacks can have long reaching consequences and cause distress in businesses Read More

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This is Why Patch Testing is So Important

Posted on January 7, 2019

In the hair and beauty industry personal injury claims are on the rise. Changes in English law have meant the “no win no fee” solicitors are looking for a new client base to replace the downturn in whiplash claims. With claims settlements averaging at £12,000 for a lash tint and as much as £35,000 for Read More

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Can a Disclaimer Reduce Liability in the Salon?

Posted on December 14, 2018

In the hair and beauty industry a disclaimer is often used by a therapist to avoid or limit their liability if something goes wrong during a treatment. The definition of a disclaimer is ‘any statement intended to specify or delimit the scope of rights and obligations that may be exercised and enforced by parties in Read More

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Salon Discrimination Laws – How to Make Sure your Salon is Accessible

Posted on December 1, 2018

The government estimates there are over 11 million disabled people in the UK, with an annual combined spending power of £80 billion. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), which came into effect in 1995, is intended to reduce the amount the discrimination faced by many disabled people. Part three of the act requires service providers to Read More

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Autumn Budget 2018 – The Pros and Cons for the Salon Owner

Posted on November 3, 2018

The Autumn Budget 2018 stated that ‘austerity is coming to an end – but discipline will remain’ and that there could be a ‘double deal dividend’ if the Brexit negotiations are successful. Hair and beauty consultant Ryan Fox cautions that although this is relatively good news it’s a case of celebrating with prosecco, rather than Read More

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Is it Best to Set up as a Sole Trader or a Limited Company?

Posted on October 19, 2018

Some like the comfort of being an employee, others want to control their own destiny. Either are good, and it’s possible to do both at the same time. But there are hoops to jump through for those that want to work for themselves, either full or part time. Sole trader or limited company? The first Read More

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Everything You Need to Know about Freelance Chair Rental

Posted on October 16, 2018

Chair rental legislation is one of the hottest topics in the hairdressing industry. Over half of the people working in hairdressing and barbering are self-employed, many working as chair renters. While chair renting works well for some salons, there’s a lot to think about as a salon owner. If you get it wrong and HMRC Read More

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Legal and Business Advice for Freelance Hairdressers

Posted on October 15, 2018

Are you thinking about going freelance? Does being your own boss sound appealing? However appealing this might sound, there are certain legal and business arrangements that you will need to take into consideration before choosing to be a self-employed hairstylist. “Being self-employed can be a great choice to improve your work/life balance,” says NHF chief Read More

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