Episode 131: Mandatory Meetings and Trainings- Do They Need To Be Paid? with Cory Sterling

Cory Sterling

In this episode we feature a question that came up in the Fitness Career Mastery Community and quickly caught fire. It’s also been a question that we’ve heard some up repeatedly, all over the world.

Cory Sterling

Founder of Conscious Counsel and fit pro

In this episode we feature a question that came up in the Fitness Career Mastery Community and quickly caught fire. It’s also been a question that we’ve heard some up repeatedly, all over the world. When studio owners call mandatory meetings or trainings- what do they legally owe their employees or independent contractors for their time? To answer this question be bring back the expert of law in the fitness industry, Cory Sterling, who takes a deep dive into the rights of studio owners, and how fitness professionals can empower themselves.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • A reminder of the difference between IC’s and Employees
  • Legality behind unpaid mandatory meetings
  • Legality behind unpaid mandatory trainings

Here’s the Complete List of Tips:

• Re-establishing the difference between an independent contractor and an employee

• Unpaid mandatory meetings: (which sounds like an oxymoron) Is there a difference between being an IC and an employee, or should you just pay people for your time?

• Mandatory training and continuing education.

Scenario 1: the studio is offering free training and education in exchange for the opportunity of employment. The training is not proprietary to the studio. Do they have to get paid?

Scenario 2: A studio is running their proprietary in-house training or continuing education that is necessary to continue to teach the class in the way the studio owner intends. Do they have to get paid?

• Suggestions for fit pros to address unpaid meetings and trainings with their employers (especially when they are being threatened with fewer classes or loss of a job) Is there any legal action worth taking if the employee stands up for themselves and they are terminated as a result?

• Advice for a studio owners listening.

References in the Episode & Additional Resources:

The Yoga Law Book

Conscious Counsel COVID Mini- Course

Show Note's Index