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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Compensating Employees Who Are Receiving Workers Compensation Benefits

Volume 3 . Chapter 8, Part 2 . § 8-07.2
Key Point 8-07.2 Employees who accept employment while receiving workers compensation benefits may be committing fraud. This can have serious consequences for the employee, including criminal prosecution and repayment of benefits paid while engaged in gainful employment.

Some churches employ a pastor, or lay employee, who is receiving workers compensation benefits. In such a case the employee may be committing fraud by engaging in compensated employment. This can have serious consequences, including charges of fraud, and repayment of benefits paid while engaged in gainful employment.

Church leaders should consider asking employees at the time of hire if they are receiving workers compensation benefits. If they are, verify that the employee is ...

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