Freedom to Earn A Living

Crystal Lake, IL – State Representative Allen Skillicorn has submitted HB5558 which amends the Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Act of 1985, providing that nothing in the Act shall be deemed to require licensure of individuals practicing barbering, cosmetology, esthetics, hair braiding, or nail technology if they post a notice at the location at which services are provided that informs customers that the person is not licensed under the Act.

In 1950, 1 in 20 workers required occupational licensing, today that number is about 1 in 4. Working-class people have experienced a decrease in wages for almost 50 years, and certainly since the Great Recession with 37 percent working two jobs to make ends meet. The freedom to earn a living is a fundamental right in a moral society. Dr. Morris Kleiner of the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs who has done extensive research on occupational licensing, found that the preponderance of evidence suggests that public health and safety isn’t affected much with virtually no affect upon overall quality in the delivery of services.

Skillicorn stated, “Occupational licensing and training requirements have gone far beyond any reasonable intent. The growing interference by the state that prevents working-class people from earning an income must be reined in. My bill calls for clearly posting a notice to alert customers that the provider of services is not licensed. Consumers are savvy purchasers. They can decide for themselves whether a business is providing them with the quality and safety they desire.”

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