It's been two months since the NY Times published its very thorough exposé on exploitation in the nail salon industry, prompting Governor Cuomo to launch an emergency task force into labor abuses in salons, specifically.

The governor referred to that project glowingly yesterday, while signing a new law that makes operating an unlicensed nail salon a criminal offense. In the same breath, he announced another joint task force, this one focusing on fourteen industries across the state, including day laborers, car wash workers, restaurant workers, farm workers, and sanitation workers.

Earlier this spring, two non-union sanitation workers employed by Queens-based Five Star Carting were fired for speaking up about their long hours, dangerous heavy lifting, and low wages, at a city council hearing about the private sanitation industry. They were eventually rehired, but only after city councilmembers and advocates threatened to rally outside Five Star's headquarters. "These are exactly the kind of workers that the exploited worker task force was created to help," said the Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition, in a statement. "For years, this industry operated in the shadows."

"It's not just nail salon workers," Cuomo said. "If you want to open your eyes and you want to be honest, it is everywhere in this economy. Go talk to a landscaping company, go look at a car wash, go look at a laundry service, go look at who comes in your home as a cleaning lady, go talk to the nannies."

Seven hundred investigators across 10 state agencies are involved in the new task force, including the Department of Labor, the Department of State, and the Department of Agriculture and Markets. For starters, they've launched a hotline to report wage and workplace violations (1-888-469-7365). Cuomo said they'll also be doubling down on fine collection for said violations.

Also yesterday, the NY Times released an early report on the effectiveness of Cuomo's nail salon task force. Across 100 Manhattan nail salons, 40 percent were not displaying the state's new, mandatory workers' bill of rights. The Times also found that only 15 percent of the Manhattan salons were using now-mandatory gloves. Prices for manicures and pedicures have remained the same, suggesting that employers have not raised prices in order to pay workers more.

Some complained that their hours have been cut down considerably, likely because their employers want to avoid paying overtime. "I know the article tried to help us to work less, with higher pay and get good benefits, from good owners,” one anonymous worker told the Times. “But for some employees it created a worse situation.”

Still, the sample size was much smaller than the initial exposé, and therefore a less reliable measure of the industry as a whole. Another worker told the paper, "Our salary is getting close to the standard level of minimum wage. And it feels good."