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.


Why Become a PBA Member?

October 20, 2020

As the largest non-profit trade organization representing the beauty industry, the Professional Beauty Association exists to serve beauty professionals who improve people’s lives (that means you!).

Our number one goal is to assist you in becoming as successful in your career as possible. The best way we can help you get there is to provide Member benefits that give you the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary for success.


Through our Member Resources, we’ve made it easy to browse member benefits. You can access everything available to you at your membership level, such as discounts, resources, helpful and downloadable information, insurance information, and more.

While we encourage you to peruse the extensive amount of resources on your own, we want to show you a sneak peek into some exclusive assets you’ll receive only from PBA!


Event & Education Discounts

Keep your skills sharp and your education advanced and up-to-date when you use your membership to attend industry events (including all PBA events!) and receive exclusive education online and in-person with your favorite brands. Options are added online as they become available; become a member and keep checking back and see what PBA has ready for you!  

Partner Discounts

PBA partners with numerous companies both in the industry directly, or those whose products would be greatly helpful in your salon or spa. From beauty products to electronics, appliances to hot tools, not to mention trendy reusable face shields and PPE supplies! Members can log in to see a full list of PBA promo codes that unlock all member discount savings and deals. Once you’re a member, it’ll be available in the My PBA Promo codes section of your PBA profile!

Insurance Marketplace

No matter your industry, insurance coverage is absolutely crucial. PBA can put you in touch with insurance partners who are able to build you an individual plan based on your needs for medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and more. Every state has different available options and restrictions, but in general, premiums and out of pocket costs are significantly lower and we receive rave reviews from members about the costs they have saved and the overall service they receive from our exclusive provider. Your PBA membership also extends unlimited access to doctors and licensed mental health therapist at deeply discounted rates via our telehealth provider.

Resource Library

Build your business with the help of industry research and reports, business blueprints (predesigned forms and documents that you can customize), and toolkits for independent contractors, salon/spa owners and distributors/manufacturers. Access to these resources varies by membership type. Some of the most utilized information includes:

  • Business Planning, featuring a strategic planning form, new idea implementation checklist, model release form, and more.


  • Guide to Compensation helps you to understand different compensation options and models that salons and spas are using.


  • Employee Evaluations provides details on how to assess different employee specialties (stylist, esthetician, nail tech, reception, and more).


  • HR Operations/General is chock-full of incredibly useful guides for your business, such as outlines for various agreements like non-compete and employee confidentiality, employee resources like handbooks and manuals, and anything else you may need extra guidance on when it comes to the nitty-gritty. There is also HR and Operations information available for distributors and manufacturers.


  • IRS Resources provides tax forms and tips for how to estimate and pay taxes depending on what type of employee you are, plus tax guides for employers.
  • Communities allow you to connect with other PBA members in a new and exciting way to swap tips, network, and support each other through shared stories and experiences!
  • Advocacy, passionate about politics? Become a Beauty Advocate to help advance the policies set forth all the way in the Senate and House by assisting in advocating projects and activations throughout the year. Share the PBA membership message with your peers and have a lasting impact all the way on Capitol Hill! 



No matter what your role in the industry is, PBA offers a membership that is just right for you! Plus, we offer Business memberships that extend benefits to an entire team. If you are interested in taking your career to the next level, it is truly one of the best decisions you can make.

Student: For students currently enrolled in cosmetology school. Includes scholarship opportunities and access to discounted insurance!

($20 annually)

Preferred: For licensed professionals or those employed by a salon. Includes education discounts and access to discounted insurance!

($50 annually)

Business of 1: For the independent stylist or suite owner. Includes Toolkits to help you navigate the waters of your growing business.

Business: For business owners. Multiple levels are available that offer benefits to different numbers of employees depending on what Business Membership level you enroll your company in. Visit Business Membership information and scroll down to “Business Member Options” to learn more.

Visionary: The highest and most exclusive membership offered. Depending on the level chosen (Visionary, Visionary Plus, or Visionary Elite), membership includes branding and/or marketing opportunities, exclusive research and reports, sponsorship discounts, and a dedicated account manager. Learn more about the Visionary Membership tiers here.

Why become a PBA Member? It’s simple, really! As part of the membership community, your access to endless resources and the opportunity for career growth before it’s even started allows you to always be 10 steps ahead of the competition. You’ll learn more, do more, and get more, all to be more.

Join today to become a PBA Member!

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