New Overtime Rules For Employees

In 1938 the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) established the forty-hour workweek, set a minimum wage, and mandated time-and-a-half pay for certain jobs. On December 1st the Department of Labor (DOL) will implement new overtime rules for employees raising the minimum annual salary threshold to $47,476 or $913 per week.

While court cases have ruled pastors are exempt from the FLSA, churches are not and therefore should make sure their employee practices are up to date. There are several websites that I have found useful in this process. – the Department of Labor has some very useful and easy to read material.  – This is the best synopsis I have found. It breaks down the process step by step and provides links to other useful tools along the way. You will have to proved a name and email address to download this copyrighted material. – The General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church has made available some materials FLSA changes. The most useful of which is their ComplianceHR software. For $60 per employee this site will help you determine which employees qualify for overtime and which do not.


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