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 policymakers also have concerns about forcing higher labor costs on low-margin businesses, while others ...

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