Episode 173

Legal Changes You Need to Know in 2024

by Business of Aesthetics | February 22, 2024

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Welcome to another informative episode of the Business of Aesthetics podcast. In this episode, Sara Shikhman discusses the latest legal updates that could affect businesses, particularly in the aesthetic industry. Sara, a legal practitioner in the field, collaborates to deliver a clear and concise analysis of legal compliance.

This episode is particularly useful for aesthetic professionals. Jeff and Sara provide practical guidance on understanding minimum wage differences across different states and the importance of fair pay. They also provide advice on employee classification, highlighting the importance of clear contracts to prevent legal misunderstandings. 

For aesthetic practitioners, the discussion goes into the regulations surrounding micro needling, family leave policies, and marketing practices. Jeff and Sara emphasize the need to stay compliant in a rapidly evolving industry while still promoting services effectively and legally.

If you’re looking to keep up with the latest developments in the aesthetic industry, you should listen to this episode. This episode offers valuable wisdom for both newcomers and seasoned professionals, providing tips on how to stay compliant and take your practice to the next level.

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Key Highlights

  • 00:03:24 – Discusses the ongoing impact of the minimum wage in 15 Southern states.
  • 00:04:36 – Emphasizes the importance of paying employees accurately.
  • 00:14:53 – Explores how law firms have found that companies are not in compliance.
  • 00:15:54 – Discusses the issues that arise when offering Ozempic and semaglutide.
  • 00:23:12 – Highlights enforcement challenges as physical spaces shrink and websites expand.

Links: Sara Shikhman

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/sara-shikhman-a509b63/

Facebook: Sara Shikhman (@sarashikhman) • Instagram photos and videos

Website: Home-Lengea (lengealaw.com)

Lengea Law: forms.gle/fTsYf5bqaAZttxvb7

Tel: 855915030


Host Jeffrey Richmond Jeffrey Richmond is an award-winning expert in the aesthetic industry, specializing in cutting-edge research, light-based and laser dermatological therapies, and radiofrequency technologies for dermatology and cosmetic surgery practices. Over the past 19 years, Jeff has brought the best-in-class technologies from West Coast Laser to physicians throughout the northwestern United States, generating over $50 million in sales.

Patient and physician safety is at the forefront of Jeff’s work, and he actively helps physicians work with patients to develop and achieve realistic expectations from their treatments.

Jeff is also a known educator in the industry, teaching courses on laser technologies, speaking at aesthetic training centers, and sharing his knowledge about the latest technologies with providers in the aesthetics field. In particular, he is interested in helping physicians make aesthetic medicine a success in their practices.


Michael Walker

Sara Shikhman is a dynamic legal professional and the Managing Partner at Lengea Law, where she brings her exceptional expertise to the forefront. With a background in law, she’s a seasoned lawyer with a focus on the aesthetic industry, offering invaluable legal guidance to med spas. Sarah is renowned for her prevention-focused approach, helping clients avoid legal pitfalls through meticulous setup and ongoing compliance.

She also excels in dispute resolution, emphasizing empathy and client-centric solutions. Her wealth of knowledge extends to employee handbooks, employment contracts, and non-compete agreements, making her a go-to authority for med spa legal matters. With a passion for her work and a client-first mentality, Sara Shikhman is a trusted advocate in the aesthetic field.


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