Recently Read: Changes in Federal Employment Law Addressed by GCFA


Nashville, TN – In May of this year, the U. S. Department of Labor announced its final changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations. The regulation defines rules to be followed in categorizing certain employees as exempt or non-exempt thereby impacting applicability of overtime payment requirements. The regulations, which go into effect December 1, 2016, may impact organizations throughout The United Methodist Church connection.

The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), continuing its mission to serve the Church through the ministry of administration, will hold webinars for leadership of general Church agencies and annual conferences beginning in mid-July. The webinar series is designed for general agency and annual conference staff and other leaders of the Church. It is part of the “GCFA-on-Demand” training that provides information on a variety of topics related to the ministry of administration. The mid-July webinar will be recorded and made accessible later this month. GCFA is pleased to announce that it has obtained rights for UMC organizations’ use of special software that will help entities ensure they are meeting the requirements of the new regulations. GCFA will be ready to assist local churches as well during this process.

Moses Kumar, General Secretary and Treasurer at GCFA said, “GCFA continually seeks ways to enhance the ministries of the entire connection. This service is one way that we can keep churches and other UMC entities informed of important changes in employment law potentially impacting them. We feel the information shared and software we have obtained will make the job of applying the regulations easier, thereby allowing more resources for the important ministries of the Church.”

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UPDATE: GCFA Free Webinar-

GCFA is proud to present another webinar in our GCFA On-Demand webinar series to bring our resources to you. On Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT/1:00 PM CDT/11:00 AM PDT, GCFA’s Human Resources and Legal Services Department will present information on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) recently announced changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Eric Stevens, Shareholder at Littler Mendelson, PC, will be our special guest. Many of you know Eric from his EEOC webinar earlier this year and from his experience in the area of law.

This webinar is free and open to all annual conference staff members interested in this topic. Be sure to mark your calendars and tell your colleagues! Please take a moment to register for this webinar: Register Here. We have received over 43 registrations to date. All registered attendees will receive access to the slides, presentation, and any other resources provided during the training.

Some of the highlights from the new rules:

  • Set the minimum salary level for exemption at $47,476 ($913/week) and the salary level for the highly compensated test at $134,004;
  • Provide for automatic increases in the salary levels after three years (beginning Jan. 1, 2020), indexed to the 40th percentile of full time salary workers in the lowest wage Census region (currently the South region);
  • Maintain the duties test criteria already embedded in the regulations; and
  • Set an implementation date of December 1, 2016.

There will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation, covering specifics such as how this law applies to local churches and non-profit organizations. Again, registration is free and there is no limit on how many people in your annual conference can participate.

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UMR Editorial Note: What is your Conference and Local Church planning to do?  At United Methodist Reporter we wonder how this effects especially Children’s and Youth camps, mission trips, retreats, etc.  We would love to hear your feedback.  It might help somebody else.  Thank you.

Another posting that has been getting a lot of play in UMC social media is:

New Overtime Rules; What This Means for Your Church

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I found this helpful:
“The more a job actually functions in a ministerial capacity and the more a job description and title uses religious words like minister, ministry, discipleship, spiritual formation, spreading the faith, evangelism, etc. then it is likely not even under FLSA. Further, the job description could state “Religious Worker Not Covered By FLSA, Not Entitled to Overtime or Minimum Wage” and identify and highlight the discretion and independent judgment with respect to spiritual matters/discipleship training, etc.”

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