How to Manage Student Debt

Regardless which major, the school attended or the degree obtained, college graduates typically have some amount of student loans they must pay back. According to a 2016 story in U.S. News and World Report, 70 percent of students graduated with student loans and the average graduate held $37,172 in student debt. College debt can range…

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Are job descriptions required by law?

Job descriptions are not required by law, but they’re certainly great to have and serve several purposes.  First, a job description, when accurately written, should reflect the actual work done. The applicant or employee can see what will be expected of them and to what they’ll be held accountable. The job description helps eliminate any…

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Working While Retired

Retirement life is different for everyone. Social Security is here to secure today and tomorrow, whether you sail into the sunset or decide to continue working. The rules allow you to receive Social Security retirement or survivor benefits and work at the same time, as long as you don’t make more than Social Security’s annual earnings…

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Equifax aftermath: How to protect against identity theft

Who here is scrambling around in the aftermath of the recent breach at Equifax to figure out if you’ve been compromised? Who here is wondering what to do about it if you are? If you’re one of the 143 million Americans whose data was accessed by cybercriminals, then you probably raised your hand. Even if you weren’t…

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Can we monitor employee’s email?

The short answer is yes, you can monitor employee email. As a general rule, employees should not have an expectation of privacy when using the church computers or email accounts. That said, the law is not perfectly cut and dry, so you should have both a legitimate business reason for doing so and a policy that…

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Churches Must Begin Using the New I-9 Form

Beginning Monday, September 18, churches must use the revised Form I-9 for all new employees. This new version of the form has the revision date of 7/17/17. The I-9 form can be found here or on the HR Support Center

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Beware of Fake Charity Scams Relating to Hurricane Harvey

The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning about possible fake charity scams emerging due to Hurricane Harvey and encouraged taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups for their donations. While there has been an enormous wave of support across the country for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, people should be aware of criminals who…

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Give today to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey, the most powerful Hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years has left a trail of destruction. Hundreds of thousands of people are affected, tens of thousands of homes are damaged or destroyed, and the emotional toll is immeasurable. In an increasing effort to make a difference from Clergy Financial Resources, we…

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