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Wage and Hour Laws for Funeral Home Employers

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Members: $ 55.00
Non-Members: $ 70.00

3 CE Hours

The purpose of this course is to assist funeral home employers in complying with federal and state wage and hour requirements and responsibilities. This course (previously-titled "Minimum Wage & Overtime Pay Requirements for the Funeral Industry") has been updated by T. Scott Gilligan, Attorney at Law, NFDA General Counsel, to reflect the amended wage and hour rules that went into effect August 23, 2004, and any subsequent amendments.

When you have successfully completed this online course, you will be able to identify and define requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that directly affect your funeral home's employment and wage and hour policies, and you will have a working understanding of the following employment concepts as they apply to funeral service:

  • Use of apprentices, independent contractors, caretakers, and on-call employees
  • Minimum wage, overtime requirements, and comp-time
  • Fluctuating workweek arrangements
  • White-collar exemptions, including the professional exemption.

The content of this National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) course, and the opinions and recommendations contained therein, in no way represent or reflect the views or policies of the National Funeral Directors Association. The offering of this course by the National Funeral Directors Association does not constitute approval or an endorsement of the content, opinions or recommendations contained in the course.

Continuing Education Information

This course is currently approved for 3 CE hours by APFSP and selected state licensing boards.

State Exceptions:

Check with your state board for approval status.


T. Scott Gilligan
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Gilligan22T. Scott Gilligan is an attorney with Gilligan Law Offices in Cincinnati, Ohio. He serves as General Counsel to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the largest organization of funeral directors in the United States. Mr. Gilligan has worked on NFDA matters since 1982, and became General Counsel for the association in 1993. He graduated in 1976 from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington , D.C., and obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1979.

In addition to his representation of NFDA, Mr. Gilligan serves as General Counsel to the Ohio, the Montana, and the Wisconsin funeral director associations. He has also represented several other state funeral associations, including the Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia associations.

Mr. Gilligan's family has been in funeral service for over 130 years in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of the 2003 edition of Mortuary Law, a textbook used widely in mortuary colleges. He has also provided numerous seminars to funeral associations throughout the country on FTC Funeral Rule compliance, legal liabilities faced by funeral homes, and updates on regulatory and legislative issues impacting the funeral profession.

T. Scott Gilligan
Gilligan Law Offices
3734 Eastern Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45226
Phone: 513-871-6332
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*State CE approval varies. All NFDA online courses are approved for continuing education by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) and most state licensing boards. Contact your state licensing board or NFDA for specific state CE information.

The fact that NFDA presents this educational material does not denote that NFDA endorses, recommends or supports the opinions expressed by the presenter or author. The content presented is informational only. For specific legal or compliance advice contact your firm's legal counsel. NFDA does not warrant the accuracy of any of the information presented, and NFDA shall not be liable for the actions or inactions of funeral establishment owners, managers or employees in respect to the information presented in this educational product.