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Calendar

May 5 (Monday) ...................... Cindo de Mayo May 11 (Sunday) ....................... Mother’s Day May 26 (Monday) .................... MEMORIAL DAY

June 15 (Sunday) ...................... Father’s Day June 29 (Sunday) ................ IFSA Board of Trustees Meeting ........ June 29-July 1 (Sun-Tues) ..... IFSA 2008 Annual Convention.........

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... Whitetail Club & Resort, McCall, ID ..... Whitetail Club & Resort, McCall, ID

July 4 (Friday) .......................... INDEPENDENCE DAY August 3-6 (Sun-Wed) .............. 2008 NFDA Leadership Conference ..................................................................... San Francisco, CA Sept. 1 (Monday) ...................... LABOR DAY October 12-15 (Sun-Wed) ......... 2008 NFDA International Convention & Expo .............................................................. Orlando, FL

( Please let IFSA know of events you’d like to see added to the calendar )

Human Resource issues addressed by SESCO Management Consultants (Do you know what SESCO has to offer YOU? SESCO Management Consultants, NFDA’s endorsed provider of Human Resources consulting, training, resources and more is here to help you. This is your opportunity to ask questions and gain free, essential knowledge from the experts. Click on the questions below to find answers to vital HR issues that will benefit your business today! For further advice, call the NFDA HR Hotline at 800-764-4127.)

Do you know that licensed Funeral Directors/Embalmers must be paid overtime? The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to:

  • Pay minimum wage

  • Keep accurate time records for employees’ hours of work, including after hours work

  • Pay overtime to non-exempt employees for work in excess of 40 hours per week

Unfortunately, the Fair Labor Standards Act/Department of Labor, Wage-Hour Division, does not consider Licensed Funeral Director’s and Embalmers as “Professionals” in order to be exempt from the basic regulations stated. Therefore, Funeral Directors/Embalmers are eligible for overtime at the rate of time and one-half for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. The states of Ohio and Michigan do require a four year educational degree for Licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers. This educational requirement does meet the Department of Labor’s test to be considered exempt as a professional. Therefore in these two states, funeral homes do not have to pay overtime to these positions who meet these educational requirements.

Do you know why most funeral homes lose unemployment or EEOC charges of discrimination?

Funeral homes (all employers) are considered “guilty” until they prove themselves innocent when there is alleged wrong doing such as unemployment claims, EEOC charges or wrongful terminations. The number one reason why funeral homes lose these cases which creates significant financial liability and associated cost is because they have not clearly articulated their rules and policies through an effective/customized employee handbook which meets federal and state employment regulations. An employee handbook is the cornerstone of any employer-employee relationship and not only do employees appreciate an effective employee handbook, but they are also critical in supporting employer actions and provide a critical defense in cases where funeral homes are challenged by a federal or state labor case or sued by an attorney. Without clear-cut policy and documentation, employers have a very difficult time in defending their actions. Contact SESCO to discuss development of an effective employee handbook. You can go to SESCO’s website at www.sescomgt.com to receive a free copy of SESCO’s Employee Handbook Development Checklist. Call NFDA for the login and password codes.

For additional NFDA resources on the Department of Labor Fair Pay Overtime Rules and Regulations that went into effect on August 23, 2004, go to http://www.nfda.org/page.php?pID=646.

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