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The Right Way to Handle Wage Classifications

Properly applying the Fair Labor Standards Act to church employees.

The Right Way to Handle Wage Classifications

Update: On September 24, 2019, the US Department of Labor announced the final version of a new overtime rule. Of note for churches and church leaders: the adopted “standard salary level” is $684 per week, or $35,568 per year, for a full-year worker (increased from $455 per week, or $23,660 annually). This is slightly higher than the original rule proposed in March.

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 ...

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  • June 19, 2018

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