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Job Creation Begins as Home

petePolitical winds are shifting as the national economy heads south and everyone’s hanging on to their wallet. And though there is wide division of opinion on matters of how to apply government stimulus, all will agree on one fundamental principle and goal: JOBS!

The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) is a major player with respect to economic stimulus. SCFD currently distributes $40 million annually to arts and scientific organizations in seven metro-Denver counties.

Recipients of these public funds are legally bound by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that currently sets Federal Minimum Wage at $6.55/hr. FLSA requirements, or even friendly reminders of the minimum wage obligation, have never been understood or acted on … until now.

The following survey is a welcome addition to SCFD’s 2009 grant application. It appears that the purpose of the survey is to assist in determining which organizations are in fact creating employment (if only this happened twenty years ago).
My sincere thanks to SCFD Executive Director Peg Long, staff and boardmembers, for facilitating this timely change:

Also regarding the section on Discipline, if your organization involves the performing arts you must check the box that most accurately describes your compensation policy. This is a new question pertaining to the Fair Labor Standards Act which has been referenced for many years on the Assurances page of the grant.

  • All performers are compensated i.e., paid an honorarium
  • All performers paid in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA, see assurances page)
  • Some performers are compensated i.e., paid an honorarium
  • Some performers are paid in accordance with the FLSA
  • No performers receive compensation
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