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Overtime Pay and Church Employees

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Overtime Pay Mandated for More Ministry Employees: The U.S. Dept. of Labor now requires churches and other ministries to pay overtime to full-time, salaried support staff making less than about $48,000 a year.  However, for ministers of religion, “The FLSA [Fair Labor Standards Act] does not specifically provide a ministerial exemption, but some case law applies a ministerial exemption to wage and hour laws,” wrote Ryan Hutchinson, executive vice president for operations at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. “In short, there is no definitive answer to this, especially if a minister does not meet the minimum salary requirements.”
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