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Published on July 18th, 2016 | by ABCUSA

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ABHMS Presents Human Resources Webinar About New Department of Labor ‘Wage and Hour Division’ Rule

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/18/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) will present a complimentary webinar—“Implications of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) New Wage and Hour Rule”—on Aug. 4, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Specifically designed for American Baptist mission partners, the webinar focuses on a new DOL rule, which takes effect Dec. 1, 2016, that increases the salary threshold for exempt employees to $47,476 per year ($913 per week). The rule— issued in May 2016—significantly increases the number of workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The most significant change made by the DOL in years, the rule requires a reassessment of staff entitled to overtime pay along with staff qualifying for exemption. ABHMS’ webinar will provide guidance related to this overtime rule and assist American Baptist employers seeking to:

  • understand the rule’s provisions and salary thresholds;
  • correctly apply FLSA exemptions and duties tests;
  • distinguish between “employee” and “independent contractor”; and
  • discover strategies for complying with new overtime regulations.

The FLSA requires employers to pay employees at least the federal minimum wage and overtime compensation for all hours worked above 40 in a workweek. Overtime pay must be at least 1½ times an employee’s regular rate of pay. Some employees, however, are exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirement. The most common exemptions apply to highly-compensated executive, administrative, professional, sales and technology employees. The FLSA was enacted during the Great Depression to set minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping and child labor standards.

Laura Miraz, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ABHMS’ human resources director, will lead the webinar. With nearly 20 years’ experience in human resource management, Miraz understands the DOL changes’ potential impact on nonprofit employers and is committed to assisting American Baptist employers in addressing the change. A faithful American Baptist, she brings a values-based and mission-focused perspective to workplace matters.

The webinar—of particular interest to executive ministers, executive directors, payroll managers and personnel coordinators—will help employers avoid costly missteps.

Register for this complimentary webinar at http://bit.ly/29PHRR9. Deadline to register for the webinar is Aug. 2.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies ministers as the caring heart and serving hands of Jesus Christ across the United States and Puerto Rico through a multitude of initiatives that focus on leadership, discipleship and healing communities.

American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with over 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.


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