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Fair Labor Standards Act
Fair Labor Standards Act
Benefits & Compensation for Congregations

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. Every employee needs to be classified as “exempt” or “nonexempt.” Make sure you are in compliance!

​UUA Resources

March 2019 Notice: Some of our resources reference an adjusted salary level threshold for white-collar exempt status that was scheduled to go into effect in December 2016. This change was halted by a federal judge and, at this time, the salary threshold remains at $455/week. While you should ignore references to the higher salary threshold, the recordkeeping provisions of the FLSA and the job duties required for the various exemptions have not changed and are correct in these resources.

In March 2019, a new threshold of $679/week was proposed. We anticipate a final decision in late 2019 or early 2020.

  • FLSA FAQ (PDF): Contains details of the law, including exemptions and recordkeeping requirements. (Ignore references to the 2016 salary level threshold change.)
  • FLSA Compliance Guide (PDF): Walks you through a process of assessing compliance and making necessary adjustments. (Ignore references to the 2016 salary level threshold change.)
  • Webinar: Watch a recording of the Fair Labor Standards Act webinar (YouTube) presented in October 2016. Rev. Richard Nugent and Jan Gartner explain classifications, exemptions, and recordkeeping requirements. Most of the information is still valid, but ignore references to the 2016 salary level threshold change. Once you’ve viewed the recording, you can review the slides (PDF). Questions asked in all four of our FLSA webinars are answered in this Q&A (PDF).

U.S. Department of Labor Resources

About the Author

  • As Compensation and Staffing Practices Manager in the Office of Church Staff Finances, Jan Gartner helps congregations live out their values through their employment relationships and attends to the financial well-being of their staff. She oversees the Compensation Program,...

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