workplace laws

COVID restrictions ease in VIC

by HSA Admin • December 7, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions loosened across Victoria last night, as part of a new “COVIDSafe Summer” announced by the Government. These restrictions are set to be in place throughout the summer, and include relaxations on masks, decreased social distancing, and greater travel. Masks are only required: on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in some retail […]


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 […]


We Answer your Questions on Parental Leave

by HSA Admin • October 29, 2020

As an industry dominated by women, parental leave is especially important for us. Most workers, both permanent and casual, who have been employed for at least 12 months, are entitled to 12 months’ unpaid parental leave in the event of a birth or adoption – when you become the primary carer for a child. (If […]


3 things to look out for in a flat-rate contract

by HSA Admin • October 23, 2020

Have you ever worked in a salon which had a great hourly rate on the surface, but when you start to dig deeper isn’t such a good deal after all? The Hair and Beauty Award is the minimum you can be paid as a trained industry professional, and has heaps of different rates, allowances, and […]


Staying safe as a barber in COVID-19

by HSA Admin • July 31, 2020

Has anyone been overloaded with info on how to operate safely, but isn’t really sure how it works on the salon floor? We spoke to Nathan, a barber and HSA Ambassador, who works in Melbourne, where restrictions have closed the industry for six weeks. Nathan wants to share his experience with barbers in Regional Victoria […]


5 signs you’re stuck in a toxic workplace

by HSA Admin • July 2, 2020

Have you ever had that feeling where you just feel sick going into work? You’re already bracing yourself for the drama and stress before you’ve even walked in the door, and you think, why is it like this? Unfortunately, 48% of Australian workers think their workplace has a negative impact on their mental health. A […]


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 […]


What you need to know about withdrawing superannuation early

by HSA Admin • April 17, 2020

As you may have seen, as part of the government’s stimulus package, you will be allowed to withdraw from your superannuation account if you meet one of the following criteria: You are unemployed Eligible for JobSeeker payment or other social benfits If you’ve been made redundant or have had your hours reduced by at least […]


What does the Coronavirus outbreak mean for me and my workplace?

by HSA Admin • March 23, 2020

We know that coronavirus (COVID-19) has thrown up a lot of uncertainty around who is able to work, what is operating, what support you have, and what happens if your workplace is shut down. At HSA, our number-one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our members, making sure you are in a safe […]


What hair stylists need to know about Coronavirus

by HSA Admin • March 12, 2020

COVID-19, or Coronavirus, is becoming more widespread in Australia with each passing day. Because of our close contact with clients and busy schedules, workers in the hair and beauty industry have an increased risk of being infected if we don’t take the right precautions. We’re keeping a close eye on COVID-19 at HSA, and we’re […]



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