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Minimum Wage Law and Private Schools

A court concluded that the minimum wage law applied to a church-run school.

• A federal appeals court concluded that the federal minimum wage law applied to the staff of a church-operated school. A church in Little Rock, Arkansas, operates an elementary and secondary school that utilizes a self-study program that teaches all subjects from a biblical point of view. The school is an integral part of the church. Each class has a supervisor who is assisted by a classroom "monitor." Both work with the children but do not conduct formal classroom instruction. Supervisors grade papers, answer students' questions, conduct prayer, and counsel the students. Monitors perform duties equivalent to teachers' aides in the public schools. The school requires that all supervisors and monitors be "born again" Christians. Supervisors receive compensation of $125 per week ($3.29 per hour for a 38-hour week), while monitors receive $100 per week ($2.63 per hour for a 38-hour week). ...

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  • November 1, 1991

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