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.

Small Businesses to Receive Covid-19 Insurance Payments

Last updated January 19, 2021

The Supreme Court has ruled that small businesses will receive Covid-19 insurance payments from their insurers for business interruption insurance policies. The first lockdown, which started in March 2020, meant that many small businesses had to close their doors, however many policyholders found that their insurers refused to make payments, arguing that ‘specialist policies’ were Read More

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Disability History Month: Meet Hairdresser Mitch Chalmers

Last updated November 23, 2020

This Disability History Month we interview Mitch Chalmers who was paralysed after a spinal cord injury in 2014 and works full time as a professional hairdresser. Here’s his story, plus he shares how salons can include and attract disabled clients and employees. HJ was kindly put in touch with Mitch Chalmers via the Hair and Read More

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Legal and Business Advice for Freelance Hairdressers

Last updated October 14, 2020

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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Everything You Need to Know about Freelance Chair Rental

Last updated October 14, 2020

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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Avoid your Salon Being Sued with these Easy Measurements

Last updated August 14, 2020

Happy customers are the key to a successful business, but you must always be prepared for the worst. Feathers Salon Group’s managing director Debbie Digby lists the five measures you should put in place today to avoid your salon being sued. 1) Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions Your insurance company will ask for the instructions Read More

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This is Why Patch Testing Hair is so Important

Last updated January 9, 2020

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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The Big Debate: Should Salons be VAT Registered?

Last updated May 13, 2019

Two salon owners discuss the pros and cons of salons being VAT registered. In an industry that is extremely labour intensive, the current VAT system is a point of much contention particularly for smaller businesses. Here two business owners weigh in on the debate. Yes salons should be registered  Janet Maitland, managing director at Janet Maitland Read More

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