Tax Exemption Controversy • Background Checks • Ohio Sanctuary Church: News Roundup
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Tax Exemption Controversy • Background Checks • Ohio Sanctuary Church: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.

Wisconsin Church’s Potential Property Tax ExemptionStirs Controversy. “For years St. Raphael’s Parish has been fighting, and losing, a battle with the city of Madison over property taxes on the land at the corner of East Main and North Fairchild streets that ...

Why You Should Remove Certain Reports from Your Meeting Agenda 
And how to find which ones don't need to be presented.
Why You Should Remove Certain Reports from Your Meeting Agenda
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You've most likely been in meetings that drag on forever because of unnecessary committee reports. There is good news straight from the parliamentary procedure powers that be: you do not have to include “Time-Wasting Committee Reports” on your meeting agenda.

Planning a Pastor’s Retirement 
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Planning a Pastor’s Retirement
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A 2015 survey of more than 4,000 pastors nationwide provided a sobering statistic: one in five pastors do not save anything for retirement. And those who do save for retirement still don’t save nearly enough. Without a retirement plan, a pastor will likely face substantial ...

Church and State Debate • Trump’s Texas Tweets • DOJ Brief: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church and State Debate • Trump’s Texas Tweets • DOJ Brief: News Roundup
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Debate over Churches Receiving Public Funds for Restoration Goes to Massachusetts Supreme Court. “Massachusetts’s highest court wrestled [on September 7] over whether allowing houses of worship to receive public funds for restoration inappropriately blurs the line ...

IRS Provides Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey 
What to know about this tax-free assistance.
IRS Provides Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

As the number of counties included in federally declared disaster areas grows, the IRS is actively issuing announcements to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Generally, the relief provisions described below are provided to victims residing in or employed in ...

FEMA Faces Discrimination Lawsuits from Texas Churches 
Churches flooded by Hurricane Harvey claim the agency violated the First Amendment.
FEMA Faces Discrimination Lawsuits from Texas Churches

As relief efforts continue across areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, three Texas churches sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) this week after their application for disaster relief grants had been denied.

According to Church Law & Tax sister publication Christianity ...

Overtime Rule Invalidated • Joel Osteen Backlash • Trump Ends DACA: News Roundup 
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Overtime Rule Invalidated • Joel Osteen Backlash • Trump Ends DACA: News Roundup
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Texas District Court Invalidates DOL Overtime Rule.“The Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its authority when it doubled the minimum salary levels for exempt executive, professional, and administrative employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), ruled federal ...

Your Guide To Employee Handbooks

Your Guide To Employee Handbooks

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