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Notice — Feb. 9, 2005 {245}

Notice — Feb. 9, 2005 {245}

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Notice — Feb. 9, 2005

Feb. 9, 2005    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140     Orlando  {0245}

An e-Review News Item

Conference gathers Workers' Compensation information from churches, deadline fast approaching
ORLANDO — The Florida Conference's deadline for submitting its Workers' Compensation report to the State of Florida is approaching. To meet the deadline, salary and compensation information is needed from all conference churches and ministries, including church day-care centers, preschools, schools, extension ministries and any other church-related ministry that has paid staff.

If church-related ministries have paid staff, but handle payroll separately, the payroll costs must be included in the church's report or the ministry must complete a separate report.

The forms to submit the required information are online on the Florida Conference's Web site at The forms must be completed before Feb. 15.

The Florida Conference is self-insured for Workers' Compensation insurance and required by the State of Florida to submit an annual payroll report containing the total compensation paid to all employees at all locations. Failure to have complete and accurate information from churches and other ministries could result in a substantial fine for the conference from the state of Florida.

In previous years the conference has collected the information by mailing pink and blue payroll report forms to all conference churches and ministries. This year the information is being collected through the online form, instead of the mailed forms.

Instructions for completing the forms are posted online. Individuals completing the forms are urged to read the instructions carefully before completing and submitting the forms.

Conference district offices need to complete a payroll report form for their own payroll.

The information requested on the forms is nearly identical to what has been requested in previous years, and the process of using the online forms is very similar to that of the conference's other online forms.

Questions about the form or problems using it should be directed to the Conference Risk Management office at 800-282-8011, extension 144.


*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.