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Entries in Massachusetts (3)


Bill Proposes regular Inspections of Health Clubs

A bill was filed in a state legislature this week that would require routine inspections of health clubs.
The bill would require each health club to be inspected at least once every 6-months by a state appointed inspector. Clubs would be required to pay for each inspection. During their visit to clubs, inspectors would be specifically required to inspect and test all exercise equipment operated in the health club. Any equipment that is found by a state inspector to be unsafe or defective would have to be immediately removed. Clubs that do not comply would face a fine of $100 for each day that any such equipment remained available for use.
Ask yourself - what would this bill's impact be on your business...
This is true: House Bill 3736 (H. 3736) was filed in the Massachusetts legislature by State Representative Stephen DiNatale (Fitchburg) at the request of a constituent.

All Employees Earn Sick Time in MA

On Friday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued final regulations regarding the Earned Sick Time law in the state, a measure that was approved by voters back in November.

The new mandate requires that all Massachusetts employers provide their employees with up to 40 hours of earned sick time per year.

This newly defined, earned sick time can be used for a number of reasons. Acceptable uses include caring for a child, parent, or spouse who is suffering from a mental illness, injury or medical condition that requires professional care; caring for the employee’s own physical or mental illness, injury or medical condition that would require the same kind of care; attending routine medical appointments or appointments for the employee’s child, spouse, parent, etc.; and addressing the psychological, physical, or legal effects of domestic violence as defined in the Massachusetts Domestic Violence Law.

The final revisions to the law come in the form of a new Safe Harbor provision surrounding the 2015 requirements pertaining to part-time employees.

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IHRSA Legislative Alert for Massachusetts Clubs

Last week, Massachusetts lawmakers reviewed numerous bills that could impact health clubs in the state.

Bills under consideration include:

  • House Bill 1311 (HB 1311) - which would expand on the mandate that health clubs acquire and maintain an AED, by requiring that it be housed in a secure and easily accessible location that is well-marked and located near a line of communication.
  • House Bill 185 (HB 185) – which would require Massachusetts personal trainers to have
    • A current certification by a national independent organization accredited by the NCCA or
    • A credential or certification in either the field of personal training, exercise science, or a similar field, from an educational institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education.

Additionally, IHRSA is continuing to monitor legislation that would apply Massachusetts’ civil protections for transgender individuals to health club locker rooms.

For more information on these proposals, please visit To support IHRSA's efforts to protect club operations in all 50 states, join the Industry Leadership Council.