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The Office of Church Staff Finances, a division of Ministries and Faith Development, offers compensation and staffing-related financial information to congregational leaders, clergy and staff.

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Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that protects employees by establishing standards for a minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, and youth employment. Our resources can help you make sure you are in compliance.

Important! A new salary level threshold for white-collar exempt status was to have gone into effect on December 1, 2016. This change was halted by a federal judge on November 22, but the injunction may be appealed. We will keep you updated. Recordkeeping and job duties provisions of the FLSA remain in place, regardless.


  • Webinar: Watch the recording of a Fair Labor Standards Act webinar presented by Rev. Richard Nugent and Jan Gartner in October 2016. Once you’ve viewed the recording, or if you participated in one of the webinars, you can review the slides (Word). Questions asked in all four of our FLSA webinars are answered in this Q&A.

Employee or Independent Contractor?

Congregations need to determine whether the individuals they compensate are employees or independent contractors.

Additional "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)"

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