Welcome to the New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Professionals
Your connection to the Beauty Industry in New Zealand
The New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Professionals is the membership organisation for the beauty industry in NZ. We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting our members, regulating the industry and achieving a highly qualified, and professional workforce.
Our members have industry verified qualifications, are fully insured and follow strict health and hygiene guidelines to safeguard consumers, and the future of the industry.
NZ Government Support Package Announced in Response to CoVID-19 Virus
17 March 2020
Today an announcement has been made as part of New Zealand’s Coronavirus Response, details on the Government’s ‘business continuity package’ have just been released.
A 12.1 billion dollar package over 4 years has been released to mitigate a coronavirus recession:
- 5.1 B in wage subsidies over the next 12 weeks (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS)
- One off payment package equivalent to $585 per week full time employee and $385 per week part time employee for next 12 weeks.
- 8.7 billion dollars for business and jobs
- 126 million for leave and self-isolation support
- 500 mil in health spend to do with covid-19
- A permanent $25 a week to core benefits.
The Government has considered “Cash-flow and confidence”, “This is not a one off package” Grant Robinson Finance Minister – “We are intent to fight the virus, soften the blow and support business.”
Salon Owners, self-employed and contractors who have suffered a minimum of 30% in business decline over the last 3 months and/or do so into the future because of the Covid-19 virus can apply for their share of the subsidies announced.
(Extracted from work & income website)
If you’re an employer, contractor, sole trader or self-employed, you may qualify to get the COVID-19 wage subsidy.
- your business must be registered and operating in New Zealand
- your employees must be legally working in New Zealand
- the business must have experienced a minimum 30% decline in actual or predicted revenue over the period of a month when compared with the same month last year, and that decline is related to COVID-19
- your business must have taken active steps to mitigate the impact of COVID-19
- you must make best efforts to retain employees and pay them a minimum of 80% of their normal income for the subsidised period.
For definitions of these qualifications, see the information under the ‘Definitions for Wage Subsidy qualifications’ heading on the linked page.
How much you can get?
The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy will be paid at a flat rate of:
- $585.80 for people working 20 hours or more per week
- $350.00 for people working less than 20 hours per week.
The subsidy is paid as a lump sum and covers 12 weeks per employee.
This subsidy is for wages only. It is to help you keep your staff employed while you consider changes that may be needed while the disruption continues, and to ensure the future viability of your business.
The maximum subsidy that can be paid to a business is $150,000. Businesses can only get this subsidy once.
For further information and details visit Work & Income website.
(We thank the NZRAH for this information)
Timely Salon & Spa Software Produce Client Confirmation Guidelines
13 MARCH 2020
With the concern in regards to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world and the impact it’s having (or could have) on your business. It’s important salon owners and managers keep up to date with helpful information from trustworthy sources and take the right precautions to protect your business, team and clients. Timely Salon & Spa Software have produces some templates for you to use when confirming clients.
Read the full article here
Employer Obligations - Novel Coronavirus
14 February 2020
Your obligations as an employer in regards to managing the Novel Coronavirus.
Below is a press release that has been recently published by the Employers and Manufacturers Association.
28 January 2020
China’s mystery new coronavirus is spreading fast. More than 2,700 people are known to be infected and at least 80 deaths have been recorded.
The bulk of cases have been confined to China but the virus is gradually spreading further afield. So far cases have been confirmed in more than 13 countries, including France, Australia and the United States.
Wʜᴀᴛ ᴀʀᴇ Cᴏʀᴏɴᴀᴠɪʀᴜsᴇs?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that originate in animals before making the jump to humans. Seven, including the new virus, have been found in humans, with four causing only mild, common cold-like symptoms.
But two – Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) – are much more severe, having killed more than 1,500 people between them.
Around 15 to 20 per cent of hospital cases are severe and the current death rate stands at about two per cent. This is quite high but it may be because authorities are not aware of milder cases of the disease.
Wʜᴀᴛ ᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ sʏᴍᴘᴛᴏᴍs ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴇᴡ ᴄᴏʀᴏɴᴀᴠɪʀᴜs?
According to WHO, symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus usually include:
A high temperature
A cough and/or sore throat
These symptoms are similar to other respiratory diseases including the common cold, itself a type of coronavirus. So if you have symptoms consider the following:
. Have you travelled in the last two weeks to a high risk area?
. Have you been in contact with someone who has?
Wʜᴇɴ sʜᴏᴜʟᴅ I sᴇᴇᴋ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ʜᴇʟᴘ?
If you have travelled to Wuhan City in China (or another significantly affected area) in the last two weeks, or have been in contact with someone who has and feel unwell, CALL your GP/ Doctor or Healthline for advice now.
Do NOT go straight to a doctor's surgery or hospital as, if you have the virus, you risk spreading it to others.
Hᴏᴡ ᴀʀᴇ ᴄᴏʀᴏɴᴀᴠɪʀᴜsᴇs ᴛʀᴀɴsᴍɪᴛᴛᴇᴅ?
Like other coronaviruses – such as the common cold – the virus is spread via droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread when someone touches a contaminated surface such as a door handle etc.
Hᴏᴡ ᴄᴀɴ I ᴘʀᴏᴛᴇᴄᴛ ᴍʏsᴇʟғ?
Hand hygiene is the first and most important line of defence.
Like cold and flu bugs, the new virus is thought to be spread via droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. The droplets land on surfaces and are picked up on the hands of others and spread further. People catch the virus when they touch their infected hands to their mouth, nose or eyes.
It follows that the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself is to keep your hands clean by washing them frequently with soap and water or a hand sanitising gel.
Also try to avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands – something we all do unconsciously on average about 15 times an hour.
Carry a hand sanitiser with you to make frequent cleaning of hands easy.
Always wash your hands before you eat.
Be especially careful in busy airports and other public transport systems about touching things and then touching your face.
Carry disposable tissues with you and always cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze before disposing of the tissue carefully (catch it, bin it, kill it).
Do not share snacks from packets or bowls that others are dipping their fingers into.
Avoid shaking hands or cheek kissing if you suspect viruses are circulating.
Regularly clean, not just your hands, but commonly used surfaces and devices you touch or handle.
”Safe Hands" - Please ensure you are following your Health and Hygiene guidelines, washing hands correctly and using gloves when applicable.
Information obtained from Telegraph Global Health Security.
The New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Professionals
This year, the NZARBP celebrates its 50th anniversary as an Incorporated Society.
We would like to take the opportunity to mark this milestone, which is indeed an extraordinary accomplishment and epitomises the will, determination and lasting success of our organisation.
Over the years we have worked towards protecting the interests of our members and consumers, and to help future-proof our industry by providing guidance towards industry regulations.
We are proud that our Association is built with a community of forward thinking, like minded individuals that are all committed to ensuring the success of the professional beauty industry in New Zealand.
We have an exciting year of celebration ahead of us and look forward to you all joining us in September to mark this occasion.
Government Consulting on Options to Improve Protections for Contractors
Submission completed and submitted by the NZARBP
The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety has opened consultation on possible changes to better protect vulnerable contractors in New Zealand. They are keen to hear what you think about these options for change.
While contracting arrangements can be beneficial for both firms and workers, they do not work for everyone.
There are two situations in New Zealand that we are particularly concerned about:
- Some workers are misclassified as ‘independent contractors’ when they are, in substance, employees, so miss out on basic employment rights and protections.
- Some workers are in a ‘grey zone’ between employee and contractor status and may have low bargaining power and be vulnerable to poor outcomes.
They have developed a number of possible options to improve legal protections for these workers, which can be grouped into four main approaches:
- deter employers from misclassifying workers as contractors and not employees,
- make it easier for workers to access a determination of their employment status,
- change who is an employee under New Zealand law, and
- enhance protections for contractors without making them employees.
These options aim to provide a fair balance between protecting vulnerable contractors, and keeping the flexibility, independence, and other benefits of contracting in arrangements where it works.
A full outline of the problem and options for change can be found in the discussion document here.
They value your views on these options, including which changes would make the biggest difference, and how they could be implemented effectively. You can provide them with feedback in any form, and you do not need to answer all of the questions asked in the discussion document.
Visit www.mbie.govt.nz/contractorsconsultation to have your say.
Please share this link with those in your network who may be interested in making a submission.
Your feedback will help us develop a comprehensive response to the challenges faced by contractors who experience poor outcomes in New Zealand.
Consultation closes at 5pm on 14 February 2020.
Confirmation of the new Minimum Wage Rates from April 1 2020
The government has confirmed that New Zealand's minimum wage will increase to $18.90 from April 1, 2020.
This equates to an extra $48 per week before tax for employees working 40 hours per week on the current minimum wage. The government plans to work towards increasing this to $20.00 for 2021.
The starting out and training wages will also see a boost, with a rise to $15.12 per hour from 1 April 2020, remaining at 80% of the adult minimum wage.
Choose Members of the NZ Association of Registered Beauty Professionals
Recent publicity about poor hygiene conditions and resulting bacterial infections has put beauty treatments under public scrutiny. To highlight the benefits of visiting a member of The New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Therapists Inc, we have launched the ‘Are you in Safe Hands?’ campaign.
It is important to check that your beauty professional is fully trained.