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Consumers: Let DCA Empower You!

Follow us on “The DCA Page,” Facebook, and Twitter for great tips all week starting March 3! DCA’s great resources, programs, publications, social media alerts, and much more are available year-round, but pay special attention March 3-9 during National Consumer Protection Week (#NCPW2019) as we spotlight valuable tools! We’re proud to be a partner during the 21st annual…

UCLA Releases First U.S. Study of Labor Conditions in Nail Salons

More than three-fourths of nail salon employees are low-wage workers, according to a new UCLA report that is the first to examine the multibillion-dollar nail salon industry nationally with a focus on labor conditions. The report, “Nail Files: A Study of Nail Salon Workers and Industry in the United States,” by the UCLA Labor Center…

Cannabis Update: New Regulations Approved

The Office of Administrative Law has approved state regulations for cannabis businesses across the supply chain from cultivation to retail, superseding emergency regulations that were put in place as the legal sale and production of nonmedical cannabis began a year ago. The new regulations are now in effect. The previous emergency regulations were adopted by…

Mental Health Plays Costly Role in Workplace

Nearly one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In fact, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Recently, a nationally representative poll conducted for global business news website Quartz revealed that 18 percent of respondents said they experience anxiety or depression to the…

Gender Equality Comes to the Cash Register

When it comes to style, men and women pay the same A couple years ago, the New York  City Department of Consumer Affairs announced the results of its study titled “From Cradle to Cane: The Cost of Being a Female Consumer,” focusing on gender pricing disparities among products sold locally. The study compared nearly 800…

New Video Chronicles Workers’ Rights Town Halls

New resource supplements other workers’ rights education materials In 2017, the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) held two public town hall events—one in Northern California and one in Southern California—to educate its licensees on the important topic of workers’ rights and responsibilities. A snapshot of those events in the form of a video…

This ‘Spice’ is Not Nice—It’s Dangerous

Health officials warn of synthetic drugs’ potentially deadly consequences You may have heard the term “synthetic marijuana.” Contrary to its name, it is not marijuana at all, but a product made of synthetic drugs that affect the brain in a similar way as the active ingredient in cannabis. Also called synthetic cannabinoids, “spice” also goes…

Salon Safety Takes Another Step Forward

As beauty product consumers, we’re used to seeing a list of ingredients (albeit small and sometimes hard to find) on the products we buy, per federal law. This helps us make informed purchasing decisions and allows us to avoid certain chemicals if we choose. However, federal law does not regulate professional cosmetics in the same manner…

New Video Spotlights Critical Contributions of Geologists

If you’ve ever wondered why hospitals aren’t accidentally built on fault lines, how we ensure our drinking water is clean, or how we have access to materials that power items like our cellphones, you can thank a geologist or a geophysicist. A new informative and entertaining video—“50 Years of Protecting the Public: The California Professional…

Summer’s Uninvited Visitors: What to Know About Black Widow Spiders

This is the time of year when we may come upon increased numbers of black widow spiders in and around our homes. Although there are several species found in temperate regions around the world, black widows are usually identified by the colored, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. They are active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher,…

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