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Q&A: Understanding Wage and Overtime Laws

Is this church subject to federal minimum wage and overtime compensation laws?

A church employs three ministers and eight non-minister employees. All of the ministers are paid an annual salary. Of the eight non-minister employees, three are in management level positions, and the other five are in secretarial or clerical positions. Is the church subject to federal minimum wage and overtime compensation laws with respect to any of these employees?

The Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), the federal law that addresses minimum wage and overtime, is one of the most complex employment laws and a thorough review would require an even lengthier response. Religious organizations are not specifically exempted under the FLSA; in fact, many courts have held that this law does apply to employees of religious organizations.

Assuming the FLSA does apply, the question then becomes, which employees might be exempt under the law? In order to be exempt under the FLSA, employees ...

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  • May 8, 2009

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