Are youth ministers exempt from overtime pay?

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Are youth ministers exempt from overtime pay?

My wife is salaried at 30k, but is frequently required to work more than 70 hours a week with no comp time or extra compensation whatsoever. This seems unreasonable but I want to know if it is legal.

Asked on June 26, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Just because your wife is a salaried employee as a youth minister does not under the law exempt her from overtime pay. The key issue is whether or not she is in a management or a non-management position.

If she is in a management position where she oversees people, is in charge of hiring and firing people, and makes important decisions for the youth ministry, she is a manager and exempt from overtime pay. I suggest that she consult further with an attorney that practices employement law to discuss her situation and whether she is entitled to overtime pay or not.


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