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IHRSA's efforts to Grow the number of health club exercisers, to Promote the Industry as the solution to Inactivity and To Protect health clubs from misguided business regulations and taxes.

IHRSA's efforts to Grow the number of health club exercisers, to Promote the Industry as the solution to Inactivity and To Protect health clubs from misguided business regulations and taxes.

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IHRSA Grow, Promote & Protect Report IHRSA Grow, Promote & Protect Report Document Transcript

  • GROW, PROMOTE & PROTECT Every year, bills that either 1) threaten the way clubs do business or 2) offer opportunities to increase the number of health club members are introduced in state legislatures across the country. All of IHRSA’s Advocacy, Industry Promotion and Health/Activity Promotion efforts are carried out with the primary interest of increasing the profitability of IHRSA Member Clubs. In 2013, IHRSA defeated every bill that could have hurt the way health clubs do business. What follows is a state-by-state breakdown of what IHRSA did on the legislative front to protect and promote health clubs. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense
  • Protection Some bills threaten your ability to automatically renew membership contracts or hire personal trainers, or compromise your liability protection. They also threaten to raise the cost of your memberships, which poses serious threats to your member retention and sales. As the sole organization advocating for the interests of the club industry, IHRSA has been extremely effective in lobbying for the protection of club operations, with a near flawless record of defeating burdensome legislation and tax proposals. IHRSA defeated every hazardous piece of legislation faced this year, achieving 8 legislative victories. And, IHRSA successfully neutralized 16 threats in 12 states. This means we were able to stop bills that had been introduced in previous years from being introduced again this year. If even one of those proposals to tax membership, regulate personal trainers or prohibit automatic renewals had gone into effect, health clubs would be operating in a very different climate today. Unfortunately, hundreds of “bad” bills still exist. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense
  • Promotion However, many bills would make health club memberships more affordable through tax and financial incentives, or improve physical education so that future generations grow up with a strong appreciation for exercise. IHRSA leads the charge in advocating for policies, programs and legislation that promote primary prevention, personal responsibility and remove barriers to active lifestyles. In addition to promoting federal legislation, enacting legislation at the state level that creates financial incentives to exercise such as tax credits and wellness legislation is a high priority. As you can see by the increase in positive legislation over the past few years, opportunities to promote exercise and healthy lifestyles have never been greater. This increase in industry-friendly legislation is due in part to IHRSA’s efforts to identify greater legislative opportunities to promote wellness through exercise, and is directly supported by contributions to the Industry Defense Fund. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense
  • State by State Analysis Alabama IHRSA reviewed 1,176 bills introduced to the Alabama legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Though IHRSA defeated flawed AED legislation in 2010, this threat remains on IHRSA’s radar. Alaska IHRSA reviewed 309 bills introduced to the Alaska legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Arizona IHRSA reviewed1,158 bills introduced to the Arizona legislature in 2013 and 1,395 in 2012 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Though IHRSA defeated a statewide tax on health club memberships in 2011, this threat remains on IHRSA’s radar. Arkansas IHRSA reviewed 2,492 bills introduced to the Arkansas legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Sales Tax Victory - IHRSA defeated a tax on tennis and racquet club memberships. IHRSA continues to see opportunities to repeal the current tax on health club memberships. California IHRSA reviewed 2,256 bills introduced in the California legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Sales Tax – IHRSA continues to work with our Sacramento lobbyist to closely monitor taxes on healthy lifestyles, having defeated proposals to tax health club memberships in 2010 and personal trainer fees in 2012. Child Care – IHRSA ensured that two bills, which sought to regulate child care services at health clubs, did not impose additional burdensome requirements. IHRSA’s lobbyist and member clubs meet on an ongoing basis with state regulators in order to achieve clarity on the rules for health clubs and ensure consistency in how those rules are enforced. Personal Trainer Regulation – IHRSA worked with our lobbyist to ensure that personal trainers and health clubs would not be negatively impacted by two bills that sought to regulate athletic trainers and physical therapists.
  • State by State Analysis Colorado IHRSA reviewed 613 bills introduced to the Colorado legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Connecticut IHRSA reviewed 2,872 bills introduced to the Connecticut legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. AED – IHRSA worked with our Hartford lobbyist to ensure that a flawed AED mandate that would increase the likelihood that clubs could face costly litigation was not introduced, continuing an eight-year successful track record. Automatic Renewal – IHRSA worked with our lobbyist to prevent the introduction of a bill that would have restricted the use of automatic renewal in certain service contracts, having exempted health clubs from the bill in 2012. Delaware IHRSA reviewed 369 bills introduced to the Delaware legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. District of Columbia IHRSA reviewed 896 bills introduced to the D.C. City Council in 2012 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Florida IHRSA reviewed 1,820 bills introduced to the Florida legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Bonding – IHRSA worked with our Tallahassee lobbyist to enact a law that decreases the amount of a health club’s requisite bond from $50,000 to $25,000. VICTORY. Personal Trainer Regulation – IHRSA worked with our lobbyist to defeat a bill that would have imposed flawed licensure requirements on personal trainers, raising the cost of doing business for clubs and trainers and doing little to ensure safer sessions for consumers. VICTORY. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense 5
  • State by State Analysis Georgia IHRSA reviewed 973 bills introduced in the Georgia legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Automatic Renewal – IHRSA worked to ensure that a bill imposing new restrictions on automatic renewal provisions in service contracts did not impact clubs that automatically renew members on a month-to-month basis. AED – IHRSA worked to ensure that a flawed AED mandate that would increase the likelihood that clubs could face costly litigation was not reintroduced, after having defeated the bill in 2012. Hawaii IHRSA reviewed 2,872 bills introduced in the Hawaii legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Tax Credit – IHRSA supported multiple bills that would create tax incentives for employee wellness programs by amending the state’s health care laws to maximize the permissible reward to participants of a wellness program from twenty percent to thirty percent of the cost of health coverage. Idaho IHRSA reviewed 545 bills introduced in the Idaho legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Illinois IHRSA reviewed 6,285 bills introduced in the Illinois legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Sales Tax – IHRSA and a coalition of member clubs remain prepared to fight a tax on health club memberships. Child Care – IHRSA is working to protect health clubs’ interests from a bill requiring background checks for trainers and instructors that provide fitness services to anyone under the age of 17, in addition to day care center staff. Indiana IHRSA reviewed 1,232 bills introduced in the Indiana legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Tax Credit – IHRSA supported a bill that would renew a tax credit program, discontinued in 2011, which allowed businesses with 100 or fewer employees to claim a tax credit for providing an employee wellness program.
  • State by State Analysis Iowa IHRSA reviewed 1,105 bills introduced in the Iowa legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Sales Tax – IHRSA continues to work to repeal the tax on health club memberships. Kansas IHRSA reviewed 663 bills introduced in the Kansas legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Automatic Renewal – After defeating legislation in recent sessions that would have restricted the use of automatic renewal provisions by Kansas health clubs, IHRSA ensured that similar legislation was not introduced in 2013. Tax Exempt Competition – IHRSA continues to work with the Kansas Health and Fitness Association (KHFA) and an IHRSA Fund lobbyist to promote a bill that would provide for-profit health clubs with equal tax treatment as their not-for-profit competition. Kentucky Contract Restrictions – IHRSA prevented the re-introduction of a bill proposing new restrictions on health club contracts. IHRSA reviewed 673 bills introduced in the Kentucky legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, IHRSA worked with clubs to promote legislation that would create tax incentives for physical activity. Louisiana IHRSA reviewed 968 bills introduced in the Louisiana legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Maine IHRSA reviewed 1577 bills introduced in the Maine legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Sales Tax – The state legislature may consider a tax on membership dues and services early in 2014. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense 7
  • State by State Analysis Maryland IHRSA reviewed 2,610 bills introduced in the Maryland legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Bonding – IHRSA and our Annapolis lobbyist worked to remove the barrier health clubs have faced, since 2009, in complying with the state’s bond requirement. In June, the attorney general issued a revised health club bond form which omits language from the previous form that prevented clubs from finding a surety company willing to write a bond. VICTORY. Sales Tax/Tax Credit – IHRSA and a coalition of member clubs remain prepared to fight a tax on health club memberships and to promote bills that would create financial incentives for health club memberships. Massachusetts IHRSA reviewed 5,543 bills introduced in the Massachusetts legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. AED – IHRSA is working to protect clubs from a bill that would remove essential liability protection for the “non-use” of an AED and subject health clubs to a much higher risk of litigation than under the current law. Automatic Renewal – IHRSA worked with our Boston lobbyist to prevent the re-introduction of a bill that would impose onerous restrictions on health clubs’ use of automatic renewal clauses in membership contracts. Personal Trainer Regulation – IHRSA continues to work to ensure that any bill that aims to regulate personal trainers does so in a way that does not harm the industry or make fitness services more expensive for consumers. Michigan IHRSA reviewed 1,659 bills introduced in the Maryland legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Sales Tax – IHRSA and our Lansing lobbyist remain prepared to oppose all proposals to impose a state sales tax on health club services, having defeated a bill to tax healthy lifestyles in 2009. Rumors of proposals are as recent as this past February.
  • State by State Analysis Minnesota IHRSA reviewed 3,545 bills introduced in the Minnesota legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Tax Credit – IHRSA is working with a coalition of Industry Defense Fund contributors and an IHRSA Fund lobbyist to enact an income tax deduction that will incentivize businesses to purchase health club memberships for employees. Waiver Liability – Led by a coalition of Minnesota club operators and an IHRSA Fund lobbyist, the industry defeated a bill that proposed to severely limit health clubs’ use of liability waivers. Mississippi IHRSA reviewed 2,658 bills introduced in the Mississippi legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Missouri IHRSA reviewed 1,517 bills introduced in the Mississippi legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Sales Tax – IHRSA continues to work for a repeal of the state’s sales tax on membership dues, including launching a grassroots campaign in February calling for an end to the taxation of healthy lifestyles in Missouri. Contract Restrictions – IHRSA prevented the introduction of a bill that would have severely restricted the use of electronic funds transfers (EFTs) by Missouri health clubs. Montana IHRSA reviewed 1,049 bills introduced in the Montana legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Nebraska IHRSA reviewed 655 bills introduced in the Nebraska legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Nevada IHRSA reviewed 1,034 bills introduced in the Nevada legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense 9
  • State by State Analysis New Hampshire IHRSA reviewed 782 bills introduced in the New Hampshire legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottomlines. Contract Restrictions – IHRSA is working with the sponsor of a bill to remove restrictions on health club contracts. New Jersey IHRSA reviewed 7,156 bills introduced in the New Jersey legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Contract Restrictions – IHRSA’s Trenton lobbyist, joined by IHRSA members, has met on multiple occasions with the sponsor of a bill that would essentially allow club members to void a contract at any point, for any reason. IHRSA continues to fight the advancement of this bill that would impose such severe, harmful restrictions on health club membership contracts. Personal Trainer Regulation – IHRSA has prevented the advancement of harmful licensure requirements for personal trainers since fall 2008. New Mexico New York Sales Tax – IHRSA continues to work with our lobbyist and health club operators and members across the state to identify and pursue opportunities to repeal the state sales tax on membership dues. IHRSA reviewed 1,317 bills introduced in the New Mexico legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. IHRSA reviewed 14,087 bills introduced in the New York legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Tax Credit – IHRSA is working with our Albany lobbyist, and coordinating with state legislators, to introduce and promote a tax benefit for the purchase of health club memberships. Privacy – IHRSA worked to ensure that bills that create new legal protections for transgendered individuals also contain due consideration for the privacy rights of health club members. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense 10
  • State by State Analysis North Carolina IHRSA reviewed 1,751 bills introduced in the North Carolina legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Sales Tax – IHRSA and North Carolina fitness professionals defeated a bill that would have imposed a sales tax on health club dues and services. After nearly 400 messages were sent to state lawmakers asking that they oppose a tax on healthy lifestyles, the legislature agreed on a tax reform package that expanded the reach of the sales tax, but not to health clubs. VICTORY. North Dakota IHRSA reviewed 842 bills introduced in the North Dakota legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Ohio IHRSA reviewed 487 bills introduced in the Ohio legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. AED – IHRSA is currently working to oppose a bill that would mandate defibrillators in health clubs, but fails to safeguard well-intentioned health club operators and employees from the risk of costly litigation. IHRSA is communicating with the sponsor and will seek to block the bill’s advancement unless it is amended to contain 1) necessary liability protections - use and nonuse - for club owners and their employees, 2) reasonable staffing requirements for staffed and unstaffed clubs, and 3) adequate compliance time. Oklahoma IHRSA reviewed 2,450 bills introduced in the Oklahoma legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Tax Credit – IHRSA worked to support a bill that is a modified version of the Workforce Health Improvement Program (WHIP) Act and would create a state income tax deduction for the cost paid toward a health club membership. Contract Restrictions – IHRSA supported the enactment of a bill that exempts certain health club membership contracts from state regulation. VICTORY. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense 11
  • State by State Analysis Oregon IHRSA reviewed 2,510 bills introduced in the Oregon legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Facility Licensure – IHRSA defeated a bill that would have enabled local governments to enact regulations, establish licensing requirements, and administer an inspection program for all health clubs on a county-by-county basis. VICTORY. Military – IHRSA supported the enactment of a law that goes into effect January 1, 2014 and that allows members of the military to suspend a health club contract if they are called into active duty. Tax Credit – IHRSA supported a bill that would have created financial incentives for employees to engage in a wellness program. Pennsylvani a IHRSA reviewed 2,778 bills introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Sales Tax – IHRSA is working with our Harrisburg lobbyist and Pennsylvania members to prevent the imposition of the state sales tax on health club dues and services, having defeated proposals to tax health club memberships for the past eight years. Automatic Renewal – IHRSA has worked with our lobbyist and lawmakers to prevent the re-introduction of a bill that would impose new requirements on sellers of service contracts with an automatic renewal provision. Rhode Island IHRSA reviewed 2,389 bills introduced in the Rhode Island legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. South Carolina IHRSA reviewed 2,144 bills introduced in the South Carolina legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Bonding – IHRSA worked to ensure that state regulators and legislators did not again consider changes to the state’s health club bond requirements, leading to increased amounts for the bonds that health clubs are obligated to obtain. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense 12
  • State by State Analysis South Dakota IHRSA reviewed 492 bills introduced in the South Dakota legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Tennessee IHRSA reviewed 2,787 bills introduced in the Tennessee legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Texas IIHRSA reviewed 5,868 bills introduced in the Texas legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Automatic Renewal – IHRSA worked with our Austin lobbyist to prevent the reintroduction of a bill that would impose burdensome restrictions on automatic renewal provisions within consumer contracts, having defeated the bill in five previous legislative sessions. Tax Credit – IHRSA Board members are working with IHRSA's lobbyist to have considered as a business deduction all costs associated with providing health club memberships to employees as part of a comprehensive wellness program. Utah IHRSA reviewed 685 bills introduced in the Utah legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Vermont IHRSA reviewed 713 bills introduced in the Vermont legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense 13
  • State by State Analysis Virginia IHRSA reviewed 3,724 bills introduced in the Virginia legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Contract Restrictions – IHRSA worked with state lawmakers to protect clubs against a bill that would impose onerous regulation of initiation fees and membership deposits. VICTORY. Washington IHRSA reviewed 1991 bills introduced in the Washington legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. West Virginia IHRSA reviewed 423 bills introduced in the West Virginia legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Wisconsin IHRSA reviewed 728 bills introduced in the Wisconsin legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Wyoming IHRSA reviewed 423 bills introduced in the Wyoming legislature in 2013 to ensure that none negatively impacted health clubs and continues to seek opportunities to support legislation that would benefit clubs’ bottom-lines. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense 14
  • Issue Summaries Automated External Defibrillator (AED) – Legislatures often introduce bills that mandate automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in health clubs. IHRSA makes sure these bills provide health club operators and staff with adequate liability protection for both the use and non-use of an AED. We also ensure that they contain reasonable staffing requirements. Automatic Renewal – Certain legislation restricting or banning a health club’s use of automatic renewal clauses would force clubs to hire additional staff and devote more resources to administrative tasks such as mailings, monitoring the status of each contract, and possibly even rewriting and renewing contracts. Member retention and sales would also be negatively impacted. Bonding – A bond is an agreement in which one party (the bond company) obligates itself to a second party (the consumer) to answer for the debt or default of a third party (the club). States require bonding primarily to protect consumers from financial losses due to a club's closing or failure to open. However, bonds create a barrier to entry into the market for health clubs and rarely protect the consumer dollar for dollar. Child Care – Clubs with child care facilities or pools and/or spas are at risk in numerous states for having to alter who may be employed; increase the number of staff and amount of time staff must be present; and limit member access to the respective sections of the club. Contract Restriction – There are several ways legislatures will try to regulate health club membership contracts (in addition to automatic renewal, as listed above). They include capping the amount you can charge for a contract, capping the length of your contracts, or regulating the use of electronic fund transfers (EFTs). Facility Licensure – Legislatures have proposed laws that would allow the state or local governments to enact regulations, establish licensing requirements, and administer an inspection program for all health clubs. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense 15
  • Issue Summaries Military – Several legislatures have passed laws that allow members of the military to suspend a health club contract if they are called into active duty. Personal Trainer Regulation – Poorly written personal trainer regulations (typically licensure) have the potential to both substantially increase the cost trainers incur to comply with requirements and reduce, if not temporarily eliminate, the pool of trainers available to clubs for hire. For clubs generating significant revenue from personal training sessions, onerous trainer requirements pose major fiscal threats. Privacy – Legal threats could arise should transgendered rights legislation pass without proper accommodation made for locker rooms. Sales Tax – Sales tax impositions raise costs for members and create a disincentive to health club membership and, therefore, threaten club dues and services revenue. Tax Credit – Tax credits that IHRSA supports are those that make gym memberships more affordable for individuals and families, incentivize workplace wellness activities and increase overall physical activity. Tax-Exempt Competition – IHRSA advocates for the equal tax-treatment of forprofit health clubs and their not-for-profit competition. Waiver Liability – Several state legislatures have proposed bills that would severely restrict health clubs’ use of liability waivers, dangerously increasing clubs’ risk of being sued. Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense 16
  • The 2014 Pledge to Promote and Protect You’re Invited to join hundreds of other industry suppliers and club operators in the fight to protect clubs and promote our industry. To Pledge Download a pledge form at http://download.ihrsa.org/publicpolicy/pledge2014.pdf Or pledge online at www.ihrsa.org/pledge. Or contact Meredith Poppler (800/228-4772, ext.129, mpoppler@ihrsa.org) For More Information www.ihrsa.org/industry-defense www.ihrsa.org/advocacy www.ihrsa.org/contributors www.ihrsa.org/contributor-benefits Contact Meredith Poppler at mpoppler@ihrsa.org, @PopplerMeredith or call 800.228.4772 ext.129 Brought to you by IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association - ihrsa.org /industry-defense