Education Law Topics: Private Schools

Articles for private school administrators.

Overtime Laws Do Not Apply to Ministers Employed by Religious Institutions; Court Clarifies the “Ministerial Exception”

An interesting problem arises when employees of religious organizations contend they are entitled to overtime. If the person is an “ordinary” employee (such as an office secretary), overtime laws may well apply. But if the person’s work is intimately related to the religious work of the entity, another approach governs. The courts have established a “ministerial exception” to state and federal laws and have held that ministers (and other religious employees) are exempt from such statutes.