Resources – HR and Compliance

All employers in California, including churches, must file by June 30. 2022 with CalSavers, a retirement plan for employees whose employers do not offer a qualified retirement savings plan. Launched in July 2019, all employers with five or more employees must register with the CalSavers program. The registration deadline is based on the number of…

Cooperating churches and related entities of the California Southern Baptist Convention currently benefit from the Group Determination Letter issued to the Convention by the IRS in 1964. The letter formally acknowledges the CSBC’s tax-exempt nonprofit status under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), retroactively to the founding of the Convention in 1944. Under the current Revenue…

Misclassifying employees is not a new problem among churches; many have been doing this incorrectly for decades. In fact, it’s been done wrong for so long, some don’t believe it’s a problem even when they’re shown the facts. Just because the IRS hasn’t called your organization out for it doesn’t change the fact that the…

Every year, churches need to approve housing allowances for eligible ministers as well as accountable reimbursement plans for their pastors and other employees. Many churches are still doing things incorrectly by giving their pastors undocumented auto allowances and improper reimbursements for personal health insurance. Income tax-free reimbursements for individual health insurance premiums were prohibited beginning…

In late November, 21 pages of new workplace regulations from Cal/OSHA took effect that have serious implications and consequences for virtually all public and private employers, including most churches. Also, a new section will also be added to the Labor Code effective January 1, 2021. While the new Labor Code section probably has little implication for…

Churches should begin considering their course of action regarding in-person worship based on the Supreme Court’s recent injunctive relief decision which barred New York from enforcing its “lockdown” orders. Courts in California may have to wrestle with cases in their own jurisdictions because of the decision. The nation’s highest court has indicated that the plaintiffs,…

Businesses of all sizes that have one or more employees must post the most current mandatory federal and state Wage & Hour and Labor law notices in a location accessible and normally visited by the employees. If 5% or more of your employees are primarily Spanish speaking, the notices are also required to be posted…