HR Support for the

Hair and Beauty Industry

At HR Connect, we understand that running a business in the Hair and Beauty industry can be challenging.

 

Whether you’re a small beauty therapist or a franchised network of hair salons, remaining compliant against the Fair Work Act whilst managing employee documentation, engagement of staff, and other HR responsibilities can take you away from the day-to-day operation of your business.

There are many common challenges every business faces, whether they are large or small. And this is no different to the Hair and Beauty industry. Our team of HR professionals understand and recognise the significant challenges of;

Hiring staff;
Staff training;
Staff engagement and motivation;
Policies and procedures compliant with legislation;
High start-up costs.

 

At HR Connect, our solution is specifically tailored to the needs of Australian small businesses. Our team provides a comprehensive on-demand staff management solution that gives you affordable professional HR advice, support, tools and protection.

Best Practices for HR Compliance

HR compliance in the Hair and Beauty industry is the implementation of aligning workplace policies and procedures with industry-specific regulations and legislation. Compliance is among the critical roles of a businesses HR function, and must be maintained in order to avoid fines and penalties.

No matter the size of your salon, or the number of staff, HR compliance is essential. For the Hair and Beauty industry, the Australian industry standards govern the human resource policies and procedures that comply with laws and regulations.

There are key areas of compliance to understand and implement in your business. From understanding the Fair Work Act to Modern Awards, navigating through the web of regulation, procedures and laws can be quite overwhelming.

HR Connect specialises in helping Hair and Beauty businesses stay ahead of their compliance obligations and have designed a quick and easy checklist to assist your business in understanding where you stand.

 

The Hair and Beauty 10 Point Compliance Checklist is a snapshot to consider how your business measures up against the 10 key requirements of your Hair and Beauty’s workplace compliance. It covers;

Identifying applicable industrial instruments;

Minimum part time employee hours;

Complying to minimum wages set for all hours worked; and

Being aware of work, health and safety obligations.

Hair and Beauty Award Summary

The Hair and Beauty Award covers employers in the hair and beauty industry and their employees who fit within the classifications of this particular Modern Award.

Your business has a legal obligation to comply with the Hair and Beauty legislation covered in this Award around payments, leave and entitlements.

This makes it very difficult to navigate and stay on top of, particularly when these awards are constantly being reviewed and updated.

At HR Connect, our Hair and Beauty Award Summary clearly outlines the key provisions in the Hair and Beauty Award including what sorts of businesses it covers, the different levels of employee classification under the Award and guidance on employee entitlements.

Getting Started with Employment Contracts

Navigating employee contracts and agreements can appear confusing to a business owner. Every employment contract is unique to the business’s industry and can increase the risk of misunderstanding.

Simple mistakes can be easily made and therefore it’s imperative that employee contracts are clearly written and outline the nature of employment.

At HR Connect, our bread and butter is providing bespoke templates of contracts and policies that tailors to your industry and business.

For the Hair and Beauty industry, we’ve created a Full-time Employment Contract suitable for newly engaged full-time employees within your business. The contract includes options to specify whether or not the employees are covered by the Hair and Beauty modern award.

Managing and Engaging Employees

When it comes to engaging and onboarding employees in the Hair and Beauty industry, there are several HR requirements and responsibilties your business needs to keep in mind. From understanding an employee’s minimum entitlements and pay conditions to ensuring you have adequate documentation in place; this can be quite overwhelming for most businesses to navigate.

These areas can become even more important when employers consider the potential risks to the business where you may fail to address these adequately.

 

Whether you are hiring your first employee or perhaps this is the first time you are really looking at the way you are engaging and managing your employees – there are a few areas you may want to begin with that can make a real difference in your level of compliance and overall ability to engage employees more effectively. This comprises of;

Understanding minimum entitlements in engaging employees compliantly;
Having solid documentation in place such as employment contracts and workplace policies.

 

To take a closer look into onboarding in the Hair and Beauty industry, our team of HR professionals have developed a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the complexities of onboarding new staff in your hair and beauty business. We explore;

Determining the Modern Award before a new employee starts;

Onboarding checklist;

Employment contracts;

Workplace policies;

After the probationary period and the process to conduct.

FAQs

What are the Hair and Beauty Award Pay Rates?

As at 1 July 2022; please note the rates below are the minimum ordinary rates of pay as outlined within the Award. Please refer to the relevant Fair Work Ombudsman pay guide for other applicable rates such as overtime, penalty rates or allowances.

 

Adult – Full Time and Part Time

Classification – Hair & Beauty employee Hourly pay rate
Hair and beauty employee level 1 $23.38
Hair and beauty employee level 2 $23.92
Hair and beauty employee level 3 $24.76
Hair and beauty employee level 4 $25.22
Hair and beauty employee level 5 $25.97
Hair and beauty employee level 6 $26.90

 

Adult – Casual

Classification Hourly pay rate
Hair and beauty employee level 1 $29.23
Hair and beauty employee level 2 $29.90
Hair and beauty employee level 3 $30.95
Hair and beauty employee level 4 $31.53
Hair and beauty employee level 5 $32.46
Hair and beauty employee level 6 $33.63

 

What to include in a Hair and beauty contract for employees?

Employment contracts are a vital resource for a business to have in place. These ensure that an employee is incredibly clear about the terms of their engagement including their start date, employment type, rate of pay and any other benefits they may be entitled to. It will also set out key expectations during their employment including those around leave entitlements or notice of termination periods.

Employment Contracts can also provide the ability for an employer to enforce specific legal terms in certain circumstances, such as requirements around conflicts of interest and non-competes, which can help protect the business from a large amount of risk in these areas.

Further, in addition to setting out their engagement and adding further protections for the business, an employment contract can be the perfect opportunity for employers to ensure they have met certain legal obligations. This includes the requirement to inform employees in writing of what modern award applies to them and their classification under this award – which is an often-overlooked obligation under clause 16.2 of the Hair and Beauty Award 2010.

To get started, download our free Hair and Beauty Contract Template.

What are the different Hair and Beauty employee levels?

The Hair and Beauty Award has 6 different classification levels for employees. In addition to duties and position title, these are also largely based on the level of qualifications an employee holds. The award requires that an employee must be informed in writing of their classification – generally the most straightforward way to do this would be within an employment contract. These classifications include the following:

Hair and beauty employee level 1

Which means a receptionist or salon assistant.

 

Hair and beauty employee level 2

(a) a make-up artist who holds a Certificate II in make-up services (or equivalent);
(b) a nail technician who holds a Certificate II in Nail Technology (or equivalent);or
(c) an unqualified beautician or cosmetologist.

 

Hair and beauty employee level 3

(a) a beautician who holds a Certificate III in Beauty Services (or equivalent);or
(b) a hairdresser who holds a Certificate III in Hairdressing (or equivalent).

 

Hair and beauty employee level 4

Which means a beauty therapist who holds a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy (or equivalent).

 

Hair and beauty employee level 5

(a) a hairdresser who holds a Certificate IV (or equivalent);or
(b) a trichologist who is a hairdresser and holds a Certificate IV in Trichology (or equivalent).

 

Hair and beauty employee level 6

Which means a beauty therapist who holds a Diploma in Beauty Therapy (or equivalent).

What types of conditions are covered by the Hair and Beauty Award?

The Hair and Beauty award covers various areas that are important to manage and pay employees compliantly, including:

  • How full-time, part-time, and casual employees are engaged
  • Hours of work
  • Minimum rates of pay;
  • Overtime provisions;
  • Penalty rates; and
  • Allowances.

However, it also covers quite a broad range of rules and entitlements aside from these – including rules around directing or cashing out leave, notice of termination or redundancy entitlements, or consultation obligations.

Which industries are linked to the Hair and Beauty Sector?

The Hair and Beauty award has a considerably broad scope of coverage. It covers employers and their employees in the hair and beauty industry, this includes businesses that provide services such as:

  • Hair cutting ,hairdressing, hair trimming, hair curling, hair waving, shampooing, hair working, hair dyeing; or
  • Shaving, beard trimming; or
  • Any other process or treatment of the hair, head or face carried out or performed in a hairdressing salon, including the sharpening or setting of razors; or
  • Wig-making; or
  • Facial or body waxing; or
  • Face or head massaging;or
  • Eyebrow waxing, eyebrow tinting, eyebrow arching, eyelash tinting; or
  • Body hair removal including waxing chemical methods, electrolysis and laser hair removal; or
  • Manicures, pedicures, nail enhancement and nail artistry techniques; or
  • Make-up application, skin analysis, development of treatment plans, facial treatments including massage and other specialised treatments such as lymphatic drainage; or
  • High frequency body treatments including full body massage and other specialised treatments using machinery and other cosmetic applications and techniques;or
  • Aromatherapy and the application of aromatic plant oils for beauty treatments; or
  • Using various types of electrical equipment for both body and facial treatments.
What is the award wage for hairdressers?

We outlined above the minimum rates of pay and classifications that are applicable for the Hair and Beauty industry. The rate of pay for a hairdresser role will largely depend on their classification under the award, which is dictated by their qualifications.

However, a hairdresser could be for example:

Hair and beauty employee level 3 – if they hold a Certificate III in Hairdressing (or equivalent).

Hair and beauty employee level 5 – if they hold a Certificate IV (or equivalent)

If your employee holds other qualifications, they may be entitled to be classified at another level within the award. If you need any assistance determining how classifications apply to your employees, reach out to the HR Connect team!

For more information, please refer to our Award Summary page to find a full list of award wages.

How HR Connect can help

If you require assistance with dealing with Hair and Beauty industry award, our HR Connect can help. Our HR Advisors will be able to guide you in interpretating and understanding the employer obligations that effect your your business. You will also have access to template documents (e.g. direction to attend a disciplinary meeting, written warning, letter of termination, etc) as part of our subscription packages.

 

 

About HR Connect

HR Connect is one of Australia’s leading providers of HR & workplace safety advice services, designed to help small business owners make confident and compliant business decisions.

 

Disclaimer

The information provided in this page is general in nature and is not intended to substitute for professional advice. If you are unsure about how this information applies to your specific situation we recommend you contact HR Connect for advice.

 

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