Office of Church Staff Finances Publications: Back Issues

Compensation and Staffing News: Back Issues

Please contact the Compensation Team by emailing to receive copies of back issues.


    • 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


    • December 2019: Reminders for 2020, New Form W-4, Note of Gratitude
    • November 2019: From Guidelines to Standards, Salary Recommendations for 2020-2021, Brief Items
    • October 2019: Open Enrollment, Common Sources of Confusion, Exempt Threshold Change
    • September 2019: Comp Program Past/Future, Professional Expenses for Ministers, Form I-9
    • August 2019: When a Staff member Changes Congregations, New Leaders/Subscribers?
    • July 2019: Professional Interim Training, Health Plan Audit, Benefits Reminders, State and Local Laws
    • June 2019: On Hiring Members, Pay Frequency, General Assembly
    • Special Edition, May 2019: Sample Personnel Policy Manual Available
    • May 2019: Notify Us of Employee Changes, Taxability of Moving Expenses, Staffing Levels and Congregational Size, Scam Alert from UUA IT
    • April 2019: Housing Allowance Preserved, Is Your Minister an Employee?, Interim Ministerial Agreement, Compensation Worksheet
    • March 2019: Budgeting for Benefits, Tax Withholdings, Proposed Change to Overtime Threshold
    • February 2019: New IRS Mileage Rate, Seeking Compensation Consultants, Be a MINDFUL Employer
    • No January issue.


    • Special Year-End Issue: Tax Information and W-2 Forms, 2019 Reminders, OCSF Coverage
    • December 2018: Compensation Worksheet, '19-'20 Salary Recommendations Posted, 2019 Reminders (Ministerial Housing Allowance, State Minimum Wage), Professional Interim Training, Next Issue Mid-February
    • November 2018: Salary Recommendations for '19-'20, Changes to Insurance Plans for 2019, New Ministerial Agreement, OCSF Team
    • October 2018: Benefits Tune-up Month, Compensation and Staffing Resources, OCSF Briefs
    • September 2018: Insurance Plan Enrollment Windows, EAP for Group Insurance Plan Participants, Seeking Feedback, Accepting Comments on Ministerial Agreement
    • No August issue.
    • July 2018: Moving Expenses as Taxable Income, August Hiatus, OCSF Briefs
    • June 2018: Performance Evaluations, Unused Professional Expenses, Professional Interim Training, OCSF at GA
    • May 2018: Employer Contributions to Retirement Plan, When an Employee Becomes Disabled, UUA LeaderLab
    • April 2018: Position Description Template, Recordkeeping for Nonexempt Staff, Budgeting for Benefits
    • March 2018: Keeping Health/Dental Premiums Pre-Tax, Tax Law Affects Employee Moving Expenses, Encourage Staff to Check Withholding
    • February 2018: Who's a Minister for IRS Purposes? Staff Carrying Other Health Insurance? 2018 Withholding Tables
    • January 2018: Salary or Other Employee Changes, Tax Forms, Staffing for Diversity: Part VI (Wrap-up)


    • December 2017: Year-end Briefs (Employee Classification, Housing Allowance Designation, Professional Expense Clarification, Employee Contributions to Retirement Plan), 2018-2019 Salary Recommendations and Resources, Staffing for Diversity: Part V (Ongoing Staff Support)
    • November 2017: OCSF Briefs (2018 Health Plan rates, Open Enrollment), Form I-9 Audits, Staffing for Diversity: Part IV (Welcoming New Staff)
    • October 2017: Benefits Tune-up Workbook, November Open Enrollment, Staffing for Diversity: Part III (Screening and Interviewing)
    • September 2017: OCSF Webpages, Quick Quiz, Staffing for Diversity: Part II (Position Descriptions and Publicity)
    • August 2017: PLUS Program for New Staff, Benefits for Employees Serving 2 Congregations, Staffing for Diversity: Part I (Vision and Values)
    • July 2017: Subscribers and Past Issues, Professional Interim Training, General Assembly Workshop Slides
    • June 2017: New Resources for Hiring, Refreshed Compensation Guidelines, OCSF at General Assembly
    • May 2017: Transition of Benefits, Housing Allowance Designation, Model Employment Agreement
    • April 2017: Benefits Provisions, New I-9 Form, OCSF Webinar Slides & Recordings
    •  March 2017: Compensation Consultants, Budget for Retirement Plan Contributions, Employers of Choice
    • February 2017: Salary Recommendations for 2017-2018, Compensation Webinar, New Schedule for Posting Recommendations

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