Gold's Gym, Dallas, has updated its policy for kids club care for children of its employees. The change leaves restrictions in all but four states in the amount of kids club time allotted for those employees.
The company sent out a memo to its employees on Aug. 28 informing them about a change in its policy, which had allowed associates to use the gym's kids club at no charge during their shifts at the gym.
After a review of child care laws in the states in which Gold's Gym operates a club, the company's legal team said that Gold's Gym would have to become a licensed child care facility in three states—Georgia, Maryland and Tennessee—for employees in those states to use the kids club. Gold's Gym said it did not want to become licensed in those states, so employees no longer could get free day care at those gyms. The change in policy was made after an incident in a kids club in Virginia, according to a Gold's Gym memo obtained by Club Industry.
Washington, DC, TV station WJLA reported that several Gold's Gym employees in Maryland expressed concern they would lose their free day care starting Oct. 1. In mid-September, however, Gold's Gym announced that Maryland Gold's Gym employees would still be allowed to use the kids club because Maryland is exempt. In Georgia and Tennessee, however, as well as in Kansas and Nebraska, Gold's Gym employees are not allowed to use the kids club because Gold's Gym is not licensed in those states.
According to an updated policy, Gold's Gym employees are now restricted to 2 1/2 hours a day and 12 hours a week of kids club time for their children in the following states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. Virginia employees are restricted to two hours a day and 12 hours a week. There are no kids clubs in the District of Columbia.
"It has become clear in the past few weeks how much our associates—particularly those with children—have come to appreciate receiving free supervised care for their children while at work," Brad Bean, senior director of club support at Gold's Gym, wrote in a memo sent last week. "We are happy to continue to provide this benefit in the majority of our states."