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January/February 1991
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Recent Developments

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Alaska
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.
Washington
Church Property Disputes

Designation of a Church as a Historical Landmark Subscriber access only

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

Privileged Communications Subscriber access only

When does the clergy-penitent privilege apply?
Washington
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.
Federal
Schools

Church Schools and the Minimum Wage Subscriber access only

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

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.
Pennsylvania
Marriage and Divorce

Religion and Child Custody Subscriber access only

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

Dismissed Member Sues Church Subscriber access only

The First Amendment prevents courts from resolving such cases.
Michigan

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A Florida law allowing heirs to challenge wills was recently repealed.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

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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Essential Guide to Church Budgeting

Essential Guide to Church Budgeting Subscriber access only

Good budgeting will help your church stay financially healthy.
Board Basics for Churches

Board Basics for Churches Subscriber access only

From church records to legal risks and liabilities—what your church board should know.