Office of Church Staff Finances Publications

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Contact to receive the September 2021 and forward editions.

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


  • December 2020: End-of-Year Reminders, Staff Bonuses, Insurance Plans and Taxes, Gather Your Staff to Share Retirement Plan Info, Winter Holiday
  • November 2020: Open Enrollment, Sharing Staff, Salary Resources, Retirement Plan Reminders, Fraudulent Unemployment Claims
  • October 2020: Setting Salaries for '21-'22, Multi-Congregational Employment, Open Enrollment, New Resources (for staff working with interim ministers, for leaders administering payroll and benefits)
  • September 2020: Our New Administrator, Electronic Payments, Webinars for Treasurers and Administrators, Health Plan Audit
  • August 2020: Demystifying In Lieu of FICA, Ministerial Transitions in the COVID-19 Era, HR During Virtual Operations
  • July 2020: Time off, Calculating UU Retirement Plan Contributions, Health Plan Audit, TIAA Digital Challenge Winners
  • Late June 2020 Extra: Communicating Employee Changes, Subscribing New Leaders, Virtual GA, TIAA Digital Challenge
  • June 2020: New and Refreshed Resources, Welcoming William Lester, TIAA Webinars
  • May 2020: Setting Salaries, Benefit Plan Eligibility/Employee Changes, Professional Expenses - As Important as Ever, Help with Congregational Finances
  • Mid-April 2020: COVID-19 Extra Edition: Care for Staff and Their Families, Federal Programs Helping Employers and Employees, UUA Health Plan updates
  • April 2020: Paperless Remitting for Retirement Plan, Employee Assistance Plan, COVID Resources
  • Mid-March 2020: COVID-19 Edition: Congregations as Employers During COVID-19; Finances: Personal and Congregational; Staff Care for the Long Haul
  • March 2020: Professional Expenses as Vocational Lifeline, Congregations as Employers on LeaderLab, Employee Illness
  • February 2020: Compensation Standards Launched, Minister's Discretionary Fund, Staff Development Opportunities, 2020 Mileage Rate
  • January 2020: Compensation Standards, Salary Recommendations and Resources '20-'21, Eye Exams/Eyewear Coverage, Message from Congregational Giving Team

2019 and Earlier

Issues from 2017 to 2019 are archived on the Office of Church Staff Finances Publications: Back Issues page.

Retirement Plan News

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