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January/February 1991
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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Sexual Misconduct of Counselors Subscriber access only

A court ruled that a pastoral counseling center could be sued for a counselor's misconduct.
Church Property Disputes

Designation of a Church as a Historical Landmark Subscriber access only

This designation may violate churches' constitutional rights.
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Confidential and Privileged Communications

Privileged Communications Subscriber access only

When does the clergy-penitent privilege apply?
Church Records

Amendment of Church Documents Subscriber access only

A court ruled that a church's articles of incorporation could not be amended without the pastor's approval.

Church Schools and the Minimum Wage Subscriber access only

Court rules that church-run schools must pay the minimum wage.

Failure to Renew Contracts Subscriber access only

Can a school be sued for failing to renew an administrator's contract?

Section 6050I of the Internal Revenue Code Subscriber access only

The IRS recently issued a reminder to tax-exempt organizations.
Marriage and Divorce

Religion and Child Custody Subscriber access only

What control do courts have over a child's religious upbringing?

Dismissed Member Sues Church Subscriber access only

The First Amendment prevents courts from resolving such cases.

Child Care Licensing Subscriber access only

A court ruled that requirements do not violate the First Amendment.

Self-Proclaimed Minister Claims Social Security Exemption Subscriber access only

His claim was rejected by the Tax Court.
Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Invalidation of Charitable Gifts Made Prior to Death Subscriber access only

A Florida law allowing heirs to challenge wills was recently repealed.

Counseling Center's Request for Building Permit Denied Subscriber access only

The services offered would not have been for "religious purposes" as required by zoning law.



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