What’s next for women shaving in North Carolina?
WASHINGTON — What is next for North Carolina women shaving?
A new state law, introduced by state Sen. James M. Broome (R), aims to ensure that female employees are given equal access to the shaving facilities and tools they use.
The law was signed by Gov.
Roy Cooper (D) in December.
The law prohibits state-funded health centers and businesses from excluding women from the shaving and grooming process.
Its purpose is to protect female employees from being treated differently based on their gender, according to a press release issued by the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
According to the DHHS, the law applies to both state-owned and non-state-owned businesses and applies to the sale of razor blades and grooming equipment.
According the DHSS, a state employee is a person who is employed for the purpose of providing health care or other services, including the administration of criminal justice, and does not include a volunteer health care provider or any employee of a health center or business whose duties include the administration or supervision of a community health center.
The DHSS says that all health centers that receive state funds must make available to all employees of the health center access to shaving equipment and services and must provide training and opportunities to female employees.
The DHHS also released an additional video highlighting how female employees can protect themselves against razor bumps.
There is no requirement that employers provide employees with a razor but it is important that all employees are afforded the opportunity to wear the safety razor for a full day, said state DHHS Director of Public Health and Safety Anne E. Wootton.
This is an important step toward ensuring that all women and girls have access to a safe and convenient shaving experience, she said.
In addition to protecting female employees, the legislation also allows women to have access on a first-come, first-serve basis to the following grooming tools: shavers, razors, shaving sticks, and lathering utensils.
The bill also allows men to use shaving equipment for up to two hours per day for shaving, grooming, and other hygiene purposes.