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I am a pastor and am wondering if the salary law of being paid

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I am a pastor and am wondering if the salary law of being paid at least twice the amount of minimum wage applies to me? Is that law based upon the number that is on the income portion of my w2?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  Joseph replied 3 years ago.

My name is Joseph. I am a licensed attorney, and my goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Yes, in order to be an exempt (salaried) employee, you must be paid at least twice minimum wage (average of $16 an hour), or $640 on average per week, or $2560 per month and $33,280 a year.

That would be your 'gross income' prior to taxes. That would be number 1 on your W2.

If you are not receiving that much, you are being misclassified as a salaried exempt employee and should be paid hourly, including overtime, and mandated time for meal and rest breaks.

I hope the above information is helpful.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for your answer. I receive a compensation package which consists of a base salary plus a parsonage. With that in mind, is it still the number on the w2 that matters?

Expert:  Joseph replied 3 years ago.
Hello Joel,

The value of the parsonage would be included in determining what your salary is. So it would be the entire compensation package together. Base salary plus parsonage.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

fair rental value of the parsonage?

Expert:  Joseph replied 3 years ago.
Yes, the fair rental value of the parsonage.

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