Church Law & Tax Report

November/December 1991
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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Charitable Contributions; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Tax Court Denies Deductions for Alleged Contributions Member access only

A church trustee's deductions were denied.
Child Abuse

Religious Conversion of Child Abusers Member access only

A court refused to suspend a man's sentence on the basis of his religious conversion.
Washington, D.C.
Church Property

D.C. Statute Jeopardizes Churches' Tax-Exempt Status Member access only

A court recently upheld this statute.
Multi StateNew York

Print Shop Violates Copyright Law Member access only

Be sure to understand the "fair use" law before copying materials.
Washington, D.C.
Defamation; Employment Practices

Defamation and Employer References Member access only

Talk with an attorney before making potentially defamatory statements about former employees.

Church-Run Schools and the Equal Pay Act Member access only

An Ohio court ruled that a church-operated school is subject to the Act.
Multi StateFederal
Employment Practices; Fair Labor Standards Acts; Schools

Minimum Wage Law and Private Schools Member access only

A court concluded that the minimum wage law applied to a church-run school.

Employees' Violation of Employer's Moral Teachings Member access only

Is termination on such a basis discrimination?
Freedom of Religion

Accident Victim Refuses Blood Transfusion; Dies Member access only

Her family was not permitted to sue for damages.
Marriage and Divorce

Child Custody and Religious Beliefs Member access only

Can a court remove children from a parent on the basis of the parent's religious beliefs?



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Record Keeping

Record Keeping  Member access only

Learn best practices for protecting confidential documents.
Best Practices for Technology Usage

Best Practices for Technology Usage Member access only

Establish policies and best practices to govern the use of technology for church staff.