Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Barbers and Cosmetology
Barbering and Cosmetology Regulations [18 VAC 41 ‑ 20]
Action Reduction in License Display Requirements
Stage Fast-Track
Comment Period Ended on 1/22/2020
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1/9/20  3:39 pm
Commenter: Jessica C Olsen

Reduction in license display

I disagree with the proposed changes to the verbage for 18 VAC 41-70-260, Display of License. It appears that the changes would no longer require an apprentice wear an identifying badge clearly indicating that that they are not a licensed individual. I believe this change opens the door for apprentices to offer regular price services to consumers without having to disclose that they are still "in training". I believe that the changes to this regulation would only benefit businesses who are looking for cheap labor. That in turn could hinder the employment opportunities for licensed individuals who would deem a higher wage. I don't believe that having licenses and proof of apprenticeship registration in the reception area is identifying enough for the general public to have clear knowledge of who may be performing their service. When an apprentice wears a badge on their person, the is no question about their status and the consumer is made aware that the individual offering service has not yet met the state mandated requirements to receive a license. In the interest of public safety and full disclosure the changes to this regulation simply make no sense. 

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