Employees or Independent Contractors?

Presented by Gary Kissiah, RYT 200 | Published on: February 28, 2013


About This Workshop

During this 90-minute online workshop intended for yoga studio owners, we will cover the many issues involving the characterization of yoga teachers and other yoga studio workers as either independent contractors or employees. We will examine the federal and state tests for determining whether your teachers are independent contractors or employees. Using an example agreement, we will review the necessary items to include in a studio-teacher agreement. We will also consider treating teachers as employees rather than independent contractors and what that may mean for your studio. While the independent contractor laws will be specific to the U.S., the example agreement may be helpful to studios and teachers residing in Canada, as well.

About Gary Kissiah

Gary Kissiah has been studying and practicing yoga since 2000. He is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT 200) and has a Certificate of Yoga Philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Gary has studied yoga at Esalen Institute, Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Satchidananda Ashram. He practices Zen at Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center and has studied at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. The author of the new book, “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Illuminations Through Image, Commentary and Design,” Gary is also on the teaching faculty of Breathe Yoga of Los Gatos, California. View his website.

Eligibility for Continuing Education

This workshop counts for one Continuing Education Non-Contact Hour or one RYS Curriculum Non-Contact Hour under the Teaching Methodology category.

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