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.

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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.



December 3, 2020

Deregulation has become a “four-lettered word” in the beauty industry. Major media outlets like National Public Radio (NPR), The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and newspapers and blogs, have targeted the cosmetology industry.

Misinformed perceptions around the need for occupational licensing are shared by groups like The Institute for Justice. These groups don’t recognize cosmetology as a PROFESSION that requires proper oversight and regulation to protect both consumers and professionals from injury, infection and disease.

Law makers across the U.S. are looking for ways to create less government and do away with “unnecessary regulations.” The perception is that cosmetology practices don’t require the amount of skill that justifies formal education and training, meaning that the process of attaining education, taking exams, and becoming licensed would deny potential cosmetologists the right to earn a living. These measures would waste valuable time in school that could be spent in the workplace making money.

This uneducated view colors occupational licensing as a regulatory scheme that acts as roadblock for individuals wishing to enter into the cosmetology industry; a barrier work in a competitive market.

Beauty industry services are hands on, physical, and personal. Infections can be transferred in many ways, including through contact with tools, skin to skin, and unsanitary materials and products. Formal education and industry regulation is necessary for professionals to learn the techniques, principles, sanitation, and chemical procedures to protect consumers (and themselves) against injury and illness.

If deregulation were to become a reality, any person without any formal education could practice cosmetology. This would put consumers at risk of injuries, burns, infections, and the spread of diseases like hepatitis and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA).

There are 1.4 million professionals in the beauty industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, overall employment is expected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028. This is as nearly double the projected percent growth in total U.S. employment during the same period!

This report also states that 83 percent of licensed cosmetology individuals are women and 53 percent of licensed individuals are minorities. The professional beauty industry is not an industry with roadblocks and barriers to success… it is strong and growing. However, there is room for improvement. Occupational licensing and government regulations should be reviewed, and processes can be streamlined to reduce bureaucratic red tape.

Beauty professionals have invested in a serious and legitimate career field. Safety standards and professionalism in the industry should never be weakened or compromised. Licensing of all beauty professionals is essential to the integrity and professionalism of this industry.

Stand up for your profession! You have the power to speak out against licensing proponents and educate legislators in your state about the importance of education and the risks of deregulation.

Visit probeauty.org/advocacy to learn how you can get involved and make your voice heard on behalf of all hard-working beauty professionals.

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