I own a small gym and group fitness studio that has recently opened. I have two yoga instructors who get paid per student for their classes. They are not gym employees but independent contractors. If no one shows up to a class should they expect to be paid? I want to be fair but I do not want to take a loss on the classes. I want them to have incentive to bring students in, but so far all the students have been gym members. They also get free gym membership as instructors. One instructor has told me that she gets $10 for a class where no one shows at another studio, but that is an established studio that does classes only, where as we have only had three classes so far. The first one, no one came, the second we had two students and the third we had one. Our class max is five, due to the small space.
I have been on both ends of this; as a studio owner and independent contractor: Technically since they are independent contractors I do not believe you are required to pay. However, for good will I always paid my instructors if no one showed; I felt they should be paid for being there. I was not paid by the studio owner where I taught when no one showed up, but it did make me feel resentful, even if I agreed with it as a business decision.
Can you ask the students to sign up for classes and let you know if they are not coming?