November 2009 - Oregon
Taking License | by Kraig Bohot
What do the three things above have in common besides that they all start with the letter “f”? They are all something we usually try to avoid.
Take the flu – please. The State of Oregon is doing its part to prevent a potential pandemic from spreading. Visit the state’s flu Web site at www.flu.oregon.gov or call the state hotline at 1-800-978-3040 for more information on how to get informed and stay healthy.
Washing your hands between customers is a great way to help prevent the spread of the flu. Hand washing between customers is also a requirement for practitioners in the four fields of practice of cosmetology.
For more information, go to the “Answers to Frequently Asked Questions” section at http://www.oregon.gov/OHLA/COS/COS_FAQ.shtml#Hand_Washing.
Want other tips to keep your salon safe and healthy? Visit www.oregon.gov/OHLA/COS, where the “Safe Salons” public education campaign is now featured again.
“Furlough” may sound like a military vacation, but for state government, furloughs are unpaid days off for state employees over the next two years to reduce operating costs during our continuing recession.
I’m not informing you of this so you can feel sorry for us, because most of us in and out of state government are feeling the same or similar economic pinch, but because OHLA will be closed on 10 Fridays due to furloughs along with most other state agencies.
The next furlough closure is Friday, November 27, and then the next furlough closure isn’t until March 19, 2010.
Find the full furlough office closure schedule at www.oregon.gov/furlough_closures.shtml.
While you can’t avoid paying licensing fees, OHLA and the Board of Cosmetology have developed what we think is the best, balanced solution to the issue.
We are proposing to reduce entry-to-practice certification fees while increasing facility and independent contractor fees.
You can review the proposed fees at www.oregon.gov/OHLA/COS/COSlaws_rules.shtml and provide us with written comment until November 28.
Kraig Bohot is public information officer at the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA), a state consumer protection agency providing centralized regulatory oversight of multiple health and related professions. He can be reached at (503) 373-1939 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2009 Oregon Legislature authorized a tax amnesty program that is currently running (October 1 – November 19).
The Department of Revenue is trying to get the word out to as many taxpayers as possible that may need to file missing returns or amend returns to correct the tax they originally claimed. If they do so during the amnesty period, they are eligible to receive a waiver of 100 percent of the penalty and 50 percent of the interest otherwise imposed.
The Department of Revenue has a dedicated site at www.oregontaxamnesty.com that includes all the information that everyone needs to participate.
The Department of Revenue wants to encourage as many taxpayers as possible to get “right” with their taxes, and now is the perfect opportunity to do it.
November 1, 2009 - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in Oregon Bulletin
November 2, 2009 - Regular Board of Cosmetology meeting – 9 am
November 28, 2009 - LAST DAY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
December 7, 2009 - Board meeting to adopt permanent administrative rules (conference call at 9 am)
December 15, 2009 - PERMANENT ADMINISTRATIVE RULES EFFECTIVE
December 24, 2009 - Temporary Rules expire
How many practitioners and facilities are active in Oregon? (Numbers in parentheses +/- change from previous month.) According to Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) records as of October 30, 2009:
Practitioners - 30,930 (+42)
Facilities - 4,496 (+11)
Independent contractors -6,945 (+17)
Certificate of ID - 224 (-5)
Barbering - 5,182 (-35)
Esthetics - 13,333 (-16)
Hair Design - 20,950 (+66)
Nail Technology - 14,421 (-44)
|FEE TYPE||FEES PRIOR TO JULY 1||FEES EFFECTIVE JULY 1||(CURRENT) PROPOSED FEES|
|Practitioner certificate per field of practice (FOP)||$15||$25||$20|
|Practitioner certificate by reciprocity per FOP||$50||$50||$75|
|Per FOP, Oregon Laws & Rules||$25||$50||$30|
|Authorization to Practice||(valid for 2yrs)|
|Certification per FOP||$33||$40||$40|
|Certification renewal per FOP (online)||$33||$35||$35|
|Independent contractor registration||$75||$100||$125|
|Certificate of identification||$100||$100||$125|
|Practitioner||$25 for each year in expired status||$25 for the first month in expired status, and $10 each month thereafter||$50 for each year in expired status|
|Facility, Independent Contractor||$25 for the first month in expired status, and $10 each month thereafter||$25 for the first month in expired status, and $10 each month thereafter||$50 for each year in expired status|
|Fees Remaining Unchanged|
|Independent contractor registration: $50|
|Certificate of identification: $25|
|Facility license: $100|
|Temporary facility permit: $50|
|Demonstration permit: $25|
|Replacement of certificate, license or registration, including name change: $25|
|Duplicate certificate, license or registration document: $25/copy with maximum of 3|
|Affidavit of licensure: $50|
|An additional $25 administrative processing fee will be assessed if a NSF or non-negotiable instrument is received for payment of fees, penalties and charges.|
Oregon Health Licensing Agency
700 Summer Street NE, Suite 320 • Salem, OR 97301-1287
Licensing Office (503) 378-8667 • Enforcement Unit (503) 378-4294
OHLA Agency Staff:
Randy Everitt, Director
Tim Molloy, Regulatory Operations
Board of Cosmetology:
Michael D. Snook, Salem - Chair
Debora Masten, Salem - Vice Chair
Linda Bergmann, Florence
Patricia A. Hall, Pendleton
Herb Hirst, North Plains
Sharon Wiser, Lake Oswego
Shelly Couch, Gladstone