Editor’s note: On September 24, 2019, the US Department of Labor announced the final version of its 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. This is slightly higher than the original rule proposed in March.
The US Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing to update and revise the regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) implementing the “white collar” exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, professional, and computer employees.
This new proposal, set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, affects churches because the FLSA does not exempt churches from overtime pay and minimum wage requirements. The DOL proposal will raise the minimum salary threshold to $35,308 per year, or $679 per week—a nearly 50 percent increase from the current threshold.