Church Law & Tax Report

November/December 1992
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Recent Developments

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

Denominational Arbitration Procedures Member access only

Can arbitration procedures be enforced?
Charitable Contributions

Substantiating Charitable Contributions Member access only

What are the reporting requirements?
Alaska
Child Abuse; Confidential and Privileged Communications

Mandatory Reporters and the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

Can confessions of child abuse be privileged conversations?
Arizona
Child Abuse

Reporting Child Abuse Member access only

Can a reporter be sued if the abuse did not actually occur?
Oklahoma
Freedom of Religion

Discipline of Church Members Member access only

Churches' membership decisions are protected by the First Amendment.
Ohio
Freedom of Religion

Can a Church Dismiss Members Who Sue the Church? Member access only

An Ohio court recently ruled on this issue.
Pennsylvania
Church Records

Inspection of Church Records Member access only

Can a church avoid the inspection of its records by placing them in a "secret archive"?
Illinois
Church Records

Members' Right to Inspect Church Records Member access only

An Illinois appeals court decision provides some guidance.
Arkansas
Confidential and Privileged Communications

When Does the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Apply? Member access only

A court recently made a significant ruling.
Louisiana
Confidential and Privileged Communications

What Constitutes "Spiritual Counsel"? Member access only

The clergy-penitent privilege applies only in situations of spiritual counsel.
Illinois
Confidential and Privileged Communications; Counseling

Counselors and the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

After a minister disclaims a counseling relationship, further communications are not privileged.
Copyright

The "Copyright Renewal Act of 1992" Member access only

This act extends the copyright term of some works.
Virginia
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Missionaries' Sexual Misconduct Member access only

Is a denomination liable for the misconduct of its missionaries?
Washington
Employment Practices; Sexual Harassment

Employers' Liability for Sexual Harassment Member access only

A Washington court recently ruled on this matter.
Missouri
Employment Practices

Discrimination on the Basis of Alcohol and Tobacco Use Member access only

Churches are exempted from a Missouri ban on this type of discrimination.
New York
Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Breach of Fiduciary Duties Member access only

A court ruled that the directors of a charitable trust could be sued for breach of fiduciary duties.
Pennsylvania
Church Property; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Injuries in Church Parking Lots Member access only

A woman sued a church after slipping and falling on their icy parking lot.
South Carolina
Church Property; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Member Sues Unincorporated Church Member access only

He was injured while repairing the church's sound system.

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Reducing the Risk

Reducing the Risk Member access only

Keep your church safe from child sexual abuse.
Preventing a Violent Incident at Your Church

Preventing a Violent Incident at Your Church Member access only

Learn about preparing for an active shooter, conceal carry weapons laws, and the role of security guards.