Solve staffing problems by getting to know your current staff’s desires! Alex Castro, J.D., and Adam Sloustcher, J.D., from Fisher & Phillips, LLP, share a few ways to solve staffing shortage challenges in the fitness industry.
In this month’s episode, the hosts discussed knowing your gym’s data, why you need to perform a compliance audit on your business, and more.
Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates have gym owners facing steep fines for non-compliance—and the potential loss of unvaccinated employees. Dennis Mathias shares strategies from 10 years of managing flu vaccine mandates.
Getting caught in a music copyright case can be expensive. Here are key takeaways and music copyright best practices for fitness facilities taken from an ongoing case.
As more Americans receive the COVID-19 vaccine, there are several matters health club operators will need to consider. We looked at insights and perspectives from legal experts to help answer your questions around vaccine policies for members and visitors.
There are several steps you can take to help optimize safety and reduce liability and risk.
As more Americans receive their vaccine doses, club operators will have to consider a number of issues around the vaccine for both staff and visitors. This article collates insights and perspectives, things to consider in determining whether to mandate versus encourage vaccines.
A comprehensive list of all U.S. specific COVID-19 relief and closure information to help health clubs navigate the coronavirus outbreak. This page will be updated regularly.
A comprehensive list of all IHRSA resources created to help health clubs navigate the coronavirus outbreak. This page will be updated regularly.
With some localities mandating masks in public places, clubs need to consider the logistics, member management, and legal implications of mask and face covering requirements.
Governments around the globe are mandating the use of masks in public places, causing uncertainty for health clubs. Here's what we know about face covering requirements and the best path forward for your health club.
Attorney Adam Sloustcher joined us for a webinar to discuss new legal considerations for staff as clubs reopen. Here are our five key takeaways.
Attorney Tony Ellrod shares legal and other issues being posed as health clubs traverse a world impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Ten music publishers sued Peloton for $150 million for violating music copyright law. What could this mean for the fitness industry?
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes mandatory employer-provided emergency sick pay and emergency paid family leave for certain circumstances related to COVID-19. Learn about the law that takes effect on April 1.
Two industry experts address legal, operational, and staffing concerns health clubs are facing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Fitness memberships and equipment make great gifts during the holidays, but what are the presents health clubs want?
When selling gift certificates, it's important to know what the specific laws are in your state. If you aren't careful, it could cost you.
Take a look at the trends sweeping the country. These changes to employment law are impacting health clubs and businesses in every industry.
Health clubs are finding themselves playing referee between the rights of their transgender members and the privacy rights of other members. What can they do, especially when the law isn't always clear?
You took all the right steps to protect your health club member’s data, but there was still a data breach. What do you do to minimize the damage?
IHRSA's team keeps an eye on all possible threats and when the time comes, shares any actionable intelligence with you.
Your gym has valuable information about your members. If something happens to this data, it can cost your business millions and hurt your reputation.
When lawmakers start recognizing physical activity as the literal lifesaver it can be, it could mean policies with significant impact on the fitness industry—and our country.
You can make your gym's waiver (almost) unnecessary by making sure it is well-written and by practicing good risk management.
Music can set the mood in your club, but music could cost you more than you initially planned if you aren’t careful.
If you have questions about music copyright laws and your gym, IHRSA’s Helen Durkin has the answers for everything from if there are exemptions to copyright fees to how the laws are enforced.
HIPAA protects the security and privacy of individuals’ health information. Does your health club need to comply with these regulations? Here’s what you need to know.
What can your health club learn from the Jimenez v. 24 Hour Fitness court case on complying with the ASTM standards and treadmill spacing? We asked an attorney to break it down.
If you're thinking about incorporating biometric information into your health club, there are four principles you need to consider to help protect yourself.
Club owners, employees, and members can help stop proposed sales taxes on health club memberships in five easy steps!
Today’s exercise trends are creating more opportunities for the spread of harmful germs and viruses. That could be a liability nightmare. Here’s what to do.
What do streaming music, cyber-bullying, and employee social media practices have in common? All can cause expensive, revenue-losing problems for health clubs.
Clubs need to think carefully about how to structure the compensation for group exercise instructors.
It’s important to understand your club’s rights and responsibilities when managing a situation involving a service animal.
Not all waivers are created equal. Here are the five main parts to a good health club waiver.
Having an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant website ensures that all people can access your site’s content and can prevent a lawsuit down the road. Here’s what gym operators need to know.
A new wave of legislation and regulation is heading for the fitness industry. Issues like state revenue, broader consumer protections, and managing data are building at the state level across the U.S.
Do you know what makes an effective health club contract? Before you start looking at templates, here are three things you should do.
With so many club members using a wide variety of equipment, injuries can happen at any time. Here are some tips to keep your members injury-free and minimize your liability risks.
Many health clubs don’t understand how to properly classify and compensate their group exercise instructors. Often it comes down to how much autonomy the instructors have.
How close is too close? Keep your trainers and clients safe by following our guidelines for building and maintaining professional working relationships.
Informed consent is critical to managing personal information safely—especially when it comes to biometric technology.
Concerned a member at your gym has an eating disorder? Read our legal expert's guidance before you act.
A kid-friendly environment can make your gym feel like family, while also providing a competitive advantage to your business.
Before you send that text blast about your club’s seasonal discounted classes, make sure you are in compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
Are you aware of your legal obligations regarding automated external defibrillators (AEDs)? If not, here's exactly what you need to know.
If your club runs health and wellness programs you may need to comply with HIPAA, which regulates the use and sharing of health information.
The European Union’s new data protection policy has universal implications. Is your fitness business prepared to meet the new standards?
Liability lawsuits and other legal actions are an existential threat to businesses. Here’s how to protect yours.
These six steps will help any health club owner manage a “difficult” member in a quick and effective manner.
Do you know what to do when a member who identifies as transgender wants to use the locker room of the gender they identify with—not necessarily the sex they anatomically match?
The new European Data Protection Regulation, going into effect on May 25, will impact more gyms than you might think.
Educate yourself and your club's staff to avoid and/or deal with possible problems.
Keeping your gym's membership contracts up-to-date doesn't have to be intimidating. Minimize the risk of consumer litigation by following these guidelines.
At some point, you may find yourself dealing with a member whose behavior warrants membership termination. Here's what you should do.
You've chosen the features and amenities for your locker room, but have you considered all the policy and security issues you'll need to include?
There's a chance at some point your club will deal with complaints of harassment. The best way to protect your business is with a harassment policy.
If you're incorporating wearable device data into exercise classes, you need to make sure you're protecting the sensitive health information they contain.
Learn from three scenarios that could happen at your health club, and apply them to your policies to keep kids healthy and safe.
Social media can be a great tool, but if used incorrectly it can cause problems. It may be time to take a closer look at your club's social media policy.
It's inevitable that conflicts will arise among members at your club. Know your rights, and how and when to take action to enforce your gym's rules.