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Governor presented evidence decides grooming is essential

"I approached the state and submitted a letter requesting the ability to continue my work. I included facts from the American Lung Association as well as other credited sources showing why pet grooming is essential along with letters from clients, a physician and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council PIJAC. With the information I have provided, I received a yes from the governor’s office to reopen."

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Unemployment Application Warning

Unemployment Application Warning for Pet Groomers

I cannot say which states are involved but beware. This problem is happening according to reports from some groomers.

Unemployment eligibility can be very different for 1099 paid groomers compared to W-2 paid groomers. I have heard of W-2 groomers looking at unemployment applications and the forms ask if they are self-employed or paid by commission. The forms or instructions note if you check that box they are not likely eligible for unemployment. Wait!

The issue is HOW the commission is paid to you. W-2 (employed) or 1099 (self-employed). 

Just because commission system is used to calculate the wages doesn't make you self-employed. For example, sales people often get commission and in some places commission only compensation is still legal. They are self-employed and get 1099 forms with no payroll deductions.

W-2 groomers, you are going to have to make this clear if you check a box like that. Rather than asking HOW you are paid (W-2 or not) they can make the mistake of thinking you are self-employed on a commission basis. Unemployment offices can verify with your employer you are W-2, and perhaps you can show them a paycheck stub showing payroll deductions. 

Be careful and stay clear that you are NOT self employed. Even some of the employees of the unemployment office may get confused as not many W-2 wages are calculated by commission only. Grooming is kind of an exception. You are not self-employed if paid by W-2, and that is the point here to make clear with you unemployment agency.

Corp stores operations at present with CV-19 prevention and stories of independent groomers

Here is an article that sums up at present what Petco and PetSmart are doing, and it seems most are open if not all. CLICK HERE

San Francisco Bay Area is under a shelter-in-place order through April 7, and non-essential business closures. Yet it seems some groomers are open, including corps. CLICK HERE

At GroomerTALK Message Board we are hearing most groomers are working, but certainly not all. We have discovered that in some areas pet stores and vets are considered essential services. Mobile grooming it seems has few issues if any, and you can see outdoor workers such as gardeners are working even in shelter in place areas. 

Mobile Groomers Report Stolen Catalytic Converters

In December 2019 a member of GroomerTALK reported her friend’s mobile grooming van had been robbed of its catalytic converter. Just a few weeks later a groomer on FB reported her van’s catalytic converter had also been stolen.

Our investigation determined mobile groomers face up to a week unable to work while new converters are installed. Some vans are equipped with two. Installation parts and labor for one converter ranges from $1,000 to $2,250.

Catalytic converters

Mobile groomers are not being singled out. Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise nationwide. Precious metals, especially rhodium, can be extracted by thieves and sold. When you consider the cost of rhodium has surged to over $10,000 an ounce it attracts theft from easy sources. Stealing one can be done in as little as two minutes. Precious metals are inside a converter’s honeycomb filter small enough to hold in the palm of a hand.

Thieves make a few cuts to remove an entire converter, and run. Later they remove the precious metal laden filter.

Accessing converters is easier on commercial vans, like those of many mobile groomers because of their height from the ground. Thieves easily roll under, make cuts and run. Commercial vans sometimes have two converters making them even more attractive to thieves.

Currently (2020) the precious metals extracted from one converter can bring thieves $50 to $250.