CA Virtual Symposium

During the 2nd annual CA Compliance Symposium we broke down the latest updates and changes in California legislation with our industry experts. The recording of this virtual session is coming soon!

Topics & Issues

This one-day comprehensive educational symposium will review and discuss California labor and wage law, employee classification, business compliance, and a state legislative update. The format of this virtual event will include presentations from multiple speakers followed by an open discussion. Power point presentations and materials will be provided to attendees following the event. 

  • Legal forms of compensation in an employee-based establishment
  • Compliant booth rental establishment
  • The difference between hourly, piece rate (AB1513), and commission (SB490) forms of pay
  • New updates regarding AB5 and the ABC test resulting from the Dynamex case
  • Occupational licensing updates
  • Employee classification
  • IRS updates and information
  • Post COVID pandemic compliance
  • Workplace health and safety within the salon
  • Qualifications and the availability of business loans and grants 



April McDaniel - Kopsa Otte

Kopsa Otte has been referred to as “the only CPA Firm that specializes in Salons and Spas.” As a CPA with a wide variety of experience including financial analysis, taxation, HR, pensions and leases April can help clients in multiple ways. She understands the financial and management challenges our industry faces. Utilizing this specialized knowledge, she’s able to serve as a national consultant & educator to salons and spas. Her ability to take difficult topics and make them easy to understand has made her a very popular speaker.

Branden Butler - Department of Fair Employment and Housing

Branden Butler is the Assistant Deputy Director of Education and Outreach for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). Prior to joining DFEH, Branden was the Senior Attorney of the Fair Housing Center of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. (LASSD), where for nine years he was instrumental in creating the first fair housing services program at LASSD that provides education, outreach, testing, and enforcement of fair housing laws.

Branden began his career as a Housing Advocate at Communities Actively Living Independent and Free, a disability rights organization in downtown Los Angeles where he advocated for housing rights for persons with disabilities.  Branden is a native Californian and graduated cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and received the Charles T. Bumer Civil Libertarian Award. Branden earned his B.A. graduating magna cum laude from California State University, Chico.

Karie Bennett

Karie Bennett - Salon Atelier

Karie became a hairstylist at age 3 when she cut her own bangs.  Fast forward to today: She’s been a California-based Cosmetologist for over 35 years, and a multi-location salon owner for over 2o.  Her employment-based Atelier Salons are located in San Jose, California, in the heart of the Silicon Valley.  Karie has been a part of the Aveda tribe since 1985, still sees clients in the salon two days a week and was recently re-elected for a second term to the Professional Beauty Association's Salon/Spa Advisory Council.  A recent career highlight was to represent the PBA on Capitol Hill in DC to lobby for FICA tip tax reform, helping to protect the industry she loves.

Kristen Deazeley - IRS Communications & Liaison Division

Kristen Deazeley is a Public Affairs Specialist in the Tax Outreach, Partnership and Education office of the Internal Revenue Service Communications & Liaison Division. She works with employers, industry and trade associations and has regularly presented on behalf of IRS at tax practitioner and industry virtual and face to face events. Kristen joined the IRS in 2004 as a Revenue Agent where she performed examinations of sole proprietorships, C corporations and flow through entities. She has also held assignments as a Stakeholder Liaison, Taxpayer Advocate Service Group Manager and performed details with the National Research Program.

Kristy Underwood  (BBC)

Kristy Underwood - California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology

Kristy Underwood was appointed to the position of Executive Officer of the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology on August 10, 2005. As Executive Officer, Kristy oversees one of the largest barbering and cosmetology regulatory boards in the country with 104 employees and a budget of over $19 million.

Since her appointment, Kristy has made it a goal to provide education to consumers and licensees on the dangers that face consumers while receiving barbering, cosmetology and electrology services. In Kristy's efforts to protect consumers she implemented new regulation for the cleaning and disinfecting of whirlpool footspas and legislation that takes disciplinary action against a licensee where a whirlpool footspa is found to be an imminent risk to consumer safety.

Von A. Boyenger - Sr Deputy Labor Commissioner

Von is a Senior Deputy Labor Commissioner for The State of California and has over 30 years of experience in the area of Administrative Hearings and Claims Management.  Von is also the liaison for LCO/EDD seminars/webinars (statewide).  Von has been a past President/CEO for Employer’s Advantage, Inc. a national UI Management Claims Service.  Vons experience includes having represented Fortune 500 Companies in a multitude of labor related matters.  Von also has over 25 years of Executive Human Resource experience specializing in the area of Situational HR.


You Worked For It, You Earned It

August 25, 2020


If working at the Professional Beauty Association has taught me anything, it's the many challenges that beauty professionals face each and every day. From dishonest business practices, to a lack of health and safety enforcement, to state law makers undermining regulations that protect consumers... these serious issues on top of trying to communicate to consumers who don't understand the importance of education and licensing behind professional beauty careers.

There is a hidden, underground economy lurking behind our industry that's fueled by unlicensed individuals providing beauty services. These individuals have the potential to seriously harm clients who don't know any better. From haircuts to manicures and pedicures, facials and chemical peels, these unlicensed practitioners provide services without the proper education, training and proof of their professional status.

Another scary element of this reality is that third-party booking services don't vet the professional status of those who promote these beauty services... which allows unsuspecting clients to book services in their homes, hotels and other public places without understanding the risk of hiring an unlicensed professional.

Beauty consumers have a right to know if their service provider is legitimate and licensed, or someone pretending to be a professional. There are very serious health and safety consequences that come when hiring an unlicensed beauty provider to perform services involving sharp tools and potentially harmful chemicals.

The Beauty Industry consistently faces legislation calling for review of cosmetology professions. Each state in the U.S. regulates cosmetology and there are laws in place to protect consumers. So, who enforces these cosmetology regulations, licenses and education? State boards! State boards are in place to protect consumers and regulate the industry. These boards require that professionals receive education, pass exams and are licensed. State inspectors report violations to their board, which may rely on the state's attorney office to enforce fines or charges against unlicensed individuals. However, it is often a daunting and difficult task to find unlicensed practitioners, leaving the boards limited in their ability to enforce their authority.

Rather than complaining about these issues, we as an industry have the power to come together and overcome these challenges: to expose the damaging and unethical "underground" beauty industry and to educate clients on the importance of hiring licensed professionals for beauty services.

Consumers don't always know that becoming a licensed professional requires hundreds of hours of education and training and passing state-regulated exams. These measures are in place in order to protect clients from harm! This information, when shared, will change consumers' opinions and perceptions of the industry and will boost their confidence in your expertise.

It's time to defend this great industry and this starts with simple conversations. Learn more about how you can become an Industry Advocate at probeauty.org/advocacy.

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