Needless to say, such a transition is drastic and not feasible or warranted for other fitness clubs. What the company did seems like a knee jerk reaction that may not consider best practice, and it could actually have the negative effect of putting them in the jurisdiction of the FWO and other regulators.
The majority of fitness trainers are independent contractors for good reason. Gym memberships constantly fluctuate, so flexibility in work hours is key for both trainer and owner to maximise worker availability. Moreover, the additional costs involved with permanent staff is also a considerable concern.
At Certica, we believe you can have your cake, and eat it too. Fitness centres and other businesses can take advantage of engaging independent contractors, who in turn can still receive benefits that are normally afforded only to employees, such as superannuation and WorkCover.
It all depends on having a system in place that manages the required compliances laid out by the FWO, as well as other statutory obligations, to ensure a contracting relationship is observed and maintained, both in paper and in practice.