Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 1991
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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar

Regulations for Church-Operated Schools Member access only

Court rules that church schools must comply with state regulations.

Removal of Children from Their Homes Member access only

A Children's Services worker was sued for negligence.

Regulations for Church Child Care Programs Member access only

Court rules that church-run child care programs must comply with regulations.
Church Property

Failure to Pay Property Taxes Member access only

Churches that fail to pay taxes may lose property in a tax sale.
Church Property

Church Fire Caused by Improperly Installed Organ Member access only

Court rules that church may sue manufacturer.
New York
Church Records

Government Inspection of Church Records Member access only

Certain records may be available for government inspection of alleged wrongdoing.

Who Qualifies for a Housing Allowance? Member access only

Housing allowances must be declared by a qualified organization.
Freedom of Religion

Former Hospital Chaplain Sues for Age and Sex Discrimination Member access only

Courts are prohibited from interfering in ecclesiastical considerations.
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Denominations' Liability for Ministers' Sexual Misconduct Member access only

A Minnesota court ruled that a denomination could be sued.

Employee Evaluations and Dismissal Member access only

Positive evaluations can be used to support claims of wrongful dismissal.
Employment Practices

Duty to Warn Future Employers Member access only

Should a church disclose negative information about a former employee?

Investigation of Claims of Age Discrimination Member access only

Court rules that investigation of teacher's complaint does not violate school's rights.

Judge Orders Rapist to Attend Church Member access only

Court rules that order is unconstitutional.
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Snow and Ice on Church Property Member access only

Failure to clear church property can result in unexpected liabilities.
New Jersey
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Charitable Immunity Laws Member access only

Such a law recently prevented a church from being sued.
New York
Charitable Contributions

Charitable Contributions for a Specific Purpose Member access only

Court rules that donors may sue organization.

Sales Tax and Religious Organizations Member access only

The Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled on this issue.

Jim Bakker's Fraud Convictions Upheld Member access only

His prison sentence, however, was vacated.
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Injuries Sustained on Church Property Member access only

A court ruled that a member of an unincorporated church could not sue.
Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Family Challenges Woman's Last Will and Testament Member access only

The court upheld her gift to her minister.
Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Court Settles Debate Over Woman's Last Will and Testament Member access only

The woman's family and her church both claimed a certificate of deposit.
Multi State

Churches and Zoning Law Member access only

A court ruled that a law prohibiting churches from meeting in commercial zones does not violate the Constitution.
Multi State

Zoning Ordianance Ruled Unconstitutional Member access only

A court recently made an important ruling.



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Church Compensation Member access only

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Planning a Church Building Project

Planning a Church Building Project Member access only

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