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Taking care of your mental health at work

by HSA Admin • February 18, 2021

When we think of hazards at work, our minds usually thing of physical risks: like slippery floors, dangerous chemicals, or tools that could injure us. But there are many potential risks to our mental health, too — and all employers have a legal obligation to provide a workplace for you that is psychologically healthy and […]


Mythbusting Paid Parental Leave

by HSA Admin • November 9, 2020

Last week, we talked about your rights when it comes to unpaid parental leave. But most Australian workers are also eligible for paid parental leave, which is 18 weeks of the national minimum wage. In order to claim paid parental leave, you need to: be the primary carer of a newborn or newly-adopted child have […]


What you need to know about contracts and sole traders

by HSA Admin • October 2, 2020

We know a lot of senior stylists are ready to spread their wings, but starting a fully-fledged all on your own business is a serious commitment.  Becoming a sole trader seems perfect, right? You get to make your own rules and hours, look after your clientele, and be your own boss, without the commitment of managing staff or running […]


4 Facts About Long Service Leave

by HSA Admin • July 10, 2020

Did you know Australia is one of the only countries in the world that offers long service leave? Long service leave is extra paid leave you receive after working at one business for a long period of time. If you’re a veteran at your salon, these are the facts you need to know! It varies […]


Speaking out: Lily’s Story

by HSA Admin • June 26, 2020

It can be really hard to find the courage to speak out when you know something is wrong. But for our ambassador Lily, she’s always stuck up for herself and her co-workers, and she’s on a mission to help other hair and beauty workers to find their voice.  Lily’s story with HSA began when she […]


HSA wins penalty rates case with FWC!

by HSA Admin • January 10, 2020

In a massive win for HSA, the Fair Work Commission has rejected Hair and Beauty Australia’s (HABA) bid to slash penalty rates for hair and beauty workers. HSA, with the support of the SDA and AWU, have been fighting the case for two years. HABA pushed for penalty rates to decrease from 200% to 150% […]


What you need to know about your payslip

by HSA Admin • November 18, 2019

Wage theft is very common in the hair and beauty industry – there are so many small businesses run by employers who don’t know the full extent of the law, who don’t have fancy accounting software, or who straight up just exploit their staff and hope to get away with it. As an employee, it […]


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