Office of Church Staff Finances Publications

Compensation and Staffing News

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  • September 2022: Editor's Note, UUA Salary Recommendations Rethink Page, Help Onboarding New Staff, Guardian Group Insurance Rates for 2023, Resources for New Treasurers.
  • August 2022: Rethinking UUA Salary Recommendations Workshops for Lay Leaders, Survey Update, Imputing Disability Premiums, new OCSF Team members.
  • July 2022: Staff or Hours Changes?, On-Demand Insurance Invoices, Pre-Tax Insurance Premiums, Insurance Team Changes, More on Rethinking UUA Salary Recommendations.
  • June 2022: Compensation and Staffing Survey Extended, Retirement Plan Tip #10, More on Rethinking UUA Salary Recommendations.
  • May 2022: Compensation and Staffing Survey, Retirement Plan Recordkeeper Transition, Unused Professional Expenses, Rethinking UUA Salary Recommendations.
  • April 2022: Changes Happening, Input Needed, & Questions Answered.
  • March 2022: Rethinking Salary Recommendations, Defining "Compensation" for Benefits Purposes.
  • Mid-February 2022: Benefits Tune-up Workbook: New Format!
  • February 2022: Benefits Tune-up Month, Introducing New Staff, Retirement Employer Participation Agreements, COVID-19 Resources, Insurance Forms
  • January 2022: Remitting Retirement Contributions, Salary Resources, Public Student Loan Forgiveness, WorshipWeb Music Resources


  • December, 2021: Retirement Plan Eligibility, Resources for Staff and Lay Leaders, End of Year Reminders
  • November, 2021 (PDF): Open Enrollment Info, Retirement Plan Employer Contributions, Budgeting for '22-'23 Salaries
  • October 2021 (PDF): Professional Expense Rules, Retirement Plan Employee Contributions, Open Enrollment Coming in November
  • September 2021 (PDF):, Nonstandard Positions: What to Pay, Retirement Plan Tip #1, Insurance Enrollment Windows Special Case, Lightly Revised Model Ministerial Agreement
  • Special Edition: Late August 2021 (PDF): Compensation and Benefits Specialist Opening, Updated COVID-19 Guidance (Delta Variant)
  • August 2021 (PDF): Insurance Enrollment Periods, Forms and Communications, Health Plan Audit, Retirement Plan Notes, UUA COVID Team Notes
  • July 2021 (PDF): Summer Reminders (sharing staff, salary adjustments, minimum wage), Retirement Plan Top 10, Poll
  • June 2021 (PDF): Elective Contributions, Reporting Employee Changes, Professional Development, General Assembly, Our First Poll
  • May 2021 (PDF): New Faces in OCSF, Rule Differences Across Plans, Split Form, BCBS Settlement Notice
  • April 2021 (PDF): Health Plan Rate Changes, Expectations of Staff, Transitions Support for Staff, Toll-Free Number for Insurance
  • March 2021 (PDF): Budgeting and Staffing for Multi-Platform Ministries, Bring Your Own Device, Benefits Tune-up In Review
  • February 2021 (PDF): Benefits Tune-up Workbook, Tax-Exempt Status, Treasurer Testimonial, Introducing Our Administrator
  • January 2021 (PDF): Recapping 2020 Programs and Resources - 1) the Shift from Guidelines to Standards, 2) COVID-19 Resources, and 3) Support for Staff During Ministerial Transitions; Sending Forms Electronically

2020 and Earlier

Past Issues are archived on the Office of Church Staff Finances Publications: Back Issues page.

About the Authors

Jan Gartner

Jan is passionate about helping congregations live out their values within their walls!...

Sean Griffin

Sean is thrilled to be part of the Compensation Team after serving as Executive Director for a UU congregation in Maryland. Prior to that, he pursued a career in the performing arts working onstage, behind the scenes, and in multiple administrative roles....

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