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Have you ever considered how a state sales tax could impact your club and how you could take action to stop it? Are you searching for ways to promote leadership characteristics among your team? Wondering what actions you can take to help increase the physically active population? The IHRSA Advocate can help you find the answers you've been searching for.

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The IHRSA Advocate is your guide to knowing and understanding the policies that influence daily health club operations. We analyze the action, so you know when to take your own. For more timely relevant news about advocacy issues affecting the industry, and your bottom-line, subscribe to​ the bi-weekly (member-only) e-newsletter. The following four articles and resources will give you a taste of the topics that are regularly covered in each issue of The IHRSA Advocate.

Understanding How the IRS Classifies Your Group X Instructors

How do you properly classify and compensate your group exercise instructors? Understanding employment law can be a very time-consuming task, especially for small businesses, and the financial implications of wrongly classifying employees are significant. In the last decade, questions about independent contractors have been the second most frequently asked legal question IHRSA has fielded from our members. That’s why we’ve put together some tips and considerations you should see when determining how to classify your employees.

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3 Keys to an Effective Health Club Contract

Thirty-eight states have specific consumer protection statutes governing membership contracts. Keep the lawyers away and your members coming back with these three key insights for everyone from new to experienced club owners from IHRSA's assistant vice president of government relations, Jeff Perkins.

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Does the ADA Apply to Your Website?

Yes, it does, and clubs are increasingly being sued by plaintiffs’ attorneys representing people with disabilities. These public accommodations lawsuits claim that businesses’ websites—like yours—are not accessible to people with disabilities. Here is what you need to know about making your site ADA-compliant.

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Technology Can Grow Your Fitness Business—But Know the Risks

You could find yourself being sued—like Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment—if your website is not compliant with Title III of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). While we’re talking about the risks of technology, if your club collects or uses biometric information, then we need to talk about where you are storing data.

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