Q: Does the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) apply to our ministry's employees individually?

A: The Fair Labor Standards Act may apply to some of your employees, even if it doesn't apply to your ministry as a whole.

If the FLSA doesn’t apply to your ministry as a whole, some of your employees may still be covered by FLSA under Individual Coverage. These employees are entitled to earn the federal minimum wage, plus overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division evaluates Individual Coverage under FLSA on a case-by-case basis. In each case, regulators determine whether or not the individual employee is “engaged in interstate commerce” on a “regular and recurrent” basis. “Interstate commerce” is defined broadly enough to include interstate telephone calls, interstate mail, and ordering or receiving materials across state lines.

There’s no clear definition of what “regular and recurrent” means. The Wage and Hour Division indicates that it will investigate each situation individually.

You’re encouraged to seek the counsel of a local attorney and a certified public accountant in making decisions about your ministry’s compliance with FLSA and its record-keeping and filing requirements.

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