Court Dismisses Pregnancy-Related Lawsuit Brought Against Church 
Judge says the facts of the case demonstrate firing was based on religious doctrine.
Court Dismisses Pregnancy-Related Lawsuit Brought Against Church

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A federal judge late last month dismissed a lawsuit that was brought against an Alabama church after it fired a pregnant woman who worked as a custodian in the church’s daycare.

In the lawsuit and related testimony, the woman contended she was fired because she ...

Hey, Fletch: Is Our Church’s Overall Budget for Salaries Too High? 
Excessive compensation is based on individual pay, not on the total amount budgeted for staff.
Hey, Fletch: Is Our Church’s Overall Budget for Salaries Too High?

In this recurring Q&A, longtime executive pastor and XPastor.org founder David Fletcher takes on readers’ questions about finances, staffing, communications, and more. Submit your questions using the subject line "Hey, Fletch" to editor@churchlawandtax.com. ...

Preventing Abuse in Youth Ministries 
Churches need to develop solid boundaries and a good reporting structure.
Preventing Abuse in Youth Ministries

When I started doing research for the Church Law & Tax book, Youth Ministry in a #MeToo Culture, my stomach was in knots. I began my process by Googling "youth pastor in jail sexual abuse," expecting to find a few news stories. Within two days, I had over 30 individual ...

    How to Take a Vote in 5 Easy Steps 
    How to Take a Vote in 5 Easy Steps

    Chairing a meeting is harder than it looks. And at times parliamentary procedure doesn’t make that job any easier. Keeping track of what motion is on the floor and who to recognize next is tough. Taking a vote the proper way might seem like a luxury.

    Well, as a professional, ...

    Sorting Out Immigration Law for Churches 
    Navigating the volatile, unpredictable nature of this legal hot topic.
    Sorting Out Immigration Law for Churches

    The news: Illegal immigration, immigration reform, and border security remain flash points in America. Last year brought increased enforcements by the government, including growing numbers of Form I-9 audits and unannounced site visits with employers as well as added scrutiny ...

    Unpaid Payroll Taxes: A Hidden Liability for Churches and Leaders 
    A recent case in the for-profit world underscores the potential threat.
    Unpaid Payroll Taxes: A Hidden Liability for Churches and Leaders

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    “A company’s CFO is liable for its past-due employment taxes, a court says. He had control over the company’s bank account and oversaw all aspects of the firm’s operations and finances, including payroll, tax return preparation and personnel matters. ...

    Bipartisan Effort to Repeal Tax on Fringe Benefits for Nonprofits Gains Momentum 
    Bipartisan Effort to Repeal Tax on Fringe Benefits for Nonprofits Gains Momentum

    The news: “Bipartisan legislation to repeal a 21-percent tax on the value of fringe benefits, such as free parking or mass transit assistance, has been introduced [recently] in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. The provision was part of the 2017 Tax ...

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