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March/April 2017

A federal district court in Iowa recently addressed the potential liability of churches under the nondiscrimination provisions of a "public accommodations" law for failing to provide restroom and shower facilities according to a person's "gender identity" as opposed to gender at birth. The Feature Article reviews the facts of this case, explains the court's ruling, and assesses the possible significance of the case to churches.

At the close of 2016, Congress enacted the 21st Century Cures Act. While the Act addresses several health-related issues, perhaps of most interest to church leaders is a provision relieving many small employers of one of the most feared provisions in the Affordable Care Act: the infamous $100 per day per employee penalty. A Secondary Article reviews the background of this penalty and explains who benefits from the new law.

The Tax Court ruled that "love gifts" presented by a church to its pastor represent taxable compensation.

A Delaware court ruled that the clergy-penitent privilege did not necessarily protect two church elders who failed to report a case of child abuse that was shared with them by the victim and his mother.

A Louisiana appeals court ruled that national and regional denominational agencies were not legally responsible for a toddler's injuries that occurred at an affiliated church.

A church employee resigns and then later asked the board to revoke her resignation letter. Ten key points to consider regarding resignations.

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