The Right Way to Handle Wage Classifications
The Right Way to Handle Wage Classifications
Properly applying the Fair Labor Standards Act to church employees.
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Many church leaders propose that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not apply to churches. That may have once been true, but the church of today is not the church of yesterday. Advanced activities easily make the law applicable to most churches, either on an organizational level (meaning the FLSA applies to the church operations as a whole) or on an individual level (based on an employee's duties).

Furthermore, every state maintains its own version of the FLSA, either layering additional rules on top of federal rules or applying similar rules where the federal rules don't apply. The law most favorable to an employee, whether at the state or federal level, always applies.

Key point. The FLSA establishes a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, maintains a 40-hour work week, and sets a salary test for exempt positions at $455 per week. The Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor (DOL) is responsible for enforcing this law.
Posted: June 19, 2018

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