Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 345-10-.04 - Unlicensed Practice

(1) Individuals who have engaged in the practice of massage therapy without a valid and active Georgia license shall be subject to a Cease and Desist Order, public reprimand, fine, and/or other sanction imposed by the board, as authorized by law.
(2) Fines for unlicensed practice, in addition to or in conjunction with any other board sanction, may be imposed according to the following guidelines:
(a) Unlicensed practice determined by the board to be:
1. Practice for one (1) month or less: Letter of Concern from the board;
2. Practice over one (1) month but not exceeding three (3) months: fine of $100 per month;
3. Practice over three (3) months but not exceeding one (1) year: fine of $500;
4. Practice over one (1) year but not exceeding two (2) years: fine of $750;
5. Practice over two (2) years but not exceeding three (3) years: fine of $1,000;
6. Practice over three (3) years: fine of $1000 plus an additional fine of $100 for each month or portion thereof over three (3) years, not to exceed a total fine of $5,000.
(b) Mitigating circumstances may be taken into account in varying the amount of assessed fines, subject to the board's discretion.
(c) Licensees who fail to renew their licenses by the license expiration date, and who continue to practice as massage therapists after the license expiration date, have engaged in unlicensed practice and are subject to disciplinary action and fines imposed by the board.
(3) It is the responsibility of the licensee to inform the board in writing of a change in any of the following information within thirty (30) days of such change:
(a) physical address;
(b) mailing address;
(c) email address;
(d) telephone number(s); and
(e) change of name (must provide legal documentation reflecting name change).
(4) It is the responsibility of each licensee to renew his or her license prior to the license expiration date regardless of whether the licensee receives a renewal notice from the board.

Notes

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 345-10-.04
O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-1-10, 43-1-19, 43-1-20.1, 43-1-24, 43-1-25, 43-24A-3, 43-24A-7, 43-24A-8, 43-24A-10, 43-24A-13 to 43-24A-15, 43-24A-17, 43-24A-20, 50-13-3.
Original Rule entitled "Unlicensed Practice" adopted. F. July 5, 2007; eff. July 25, 2007. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Apr. 28, 2010; eff. May 18, 2010.

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