Entries by garyk

The New York Freelance Isn’t Free Act

On November 16, 2016, Mayor de Blasio of New York City signed into law the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (the “Act”). The Act is important legislation and has far reaching implications for anyone who uses freelancers in New York City. Freelancers are independent contractors under the Act. The Act gives freelancers the right to sue […]

Yoga Vida NYC Wins- A Ray of Light in the Darkness of Independent Contractors?

The Background On October 25, 2016, the Court of Appeals of New York delivered its opinion on In the Matter of Yoga Vida NYC, Inc. v. Commissioner of Labor. The Court overruled the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board (the “Board”) that had affirmed the Commissioner of Labor’s decision that Yoga Vida’s teachers were employees. The Board […]

Don’t Be a Health Club!

A New Regulatory Problem For Yoga As yoga has become a mainstream practice and turned into a multi-billion dollar industry, many regulatory agencies have taken note and are regulating yoga. Both the IRS and state taxing authorities are auditing yoga studios over the classification of teachers as independent contractors, state education boards have sought to […]

So You Want To Buy or Sell a Yoga Studio? What You Should Know!

As the yoga world has expanded, I have seen an increase in purchases and sales of yoga and wellness studios. Some owners want to sell their studios because they are moving, their interests have changed, or running a yoga studio proves to be a much harder and stressful business than they imagined. Also, as the […]