A proposed federal minimum wage increase to 1010 per hour could cause some fitness facility operators to rethink business Photo from Thinkstock

A proposed federal minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour could cause some fitness facility operators to rethink business. Photo from Thinkstock.

Health Club Owners Feel Trepidation over Minimum Wage Hike

A proposed federal minimum wage increase to $10.10 could hit some club owners in the pocketbook, causing some to decrease benefits or merit-based raises, not fill open positions or even reconsider expanding.

Thirteen states had an automatic minimum wage hike at the start of 2014, and health club owners—particularly those of small- to medium-sized clubs—are anxious about the proposed federal increase to $10.10 an hour from $7.25, which was passed in 2009. They are concerned that perks such as merit-based raises and employee benefits may suffer.

In a still-recovering economy, some p

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