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Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Building's primary purpose for residence, not education, court rules.
Former employee had signed form releasing employer of liability.
73 House members support the resolution.
Legislation would clear up current laws.
Courts can rule on 'temporal' matters, not 'spiritual.'
Church may be liable for such events.
Court rules church responsible.
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities
Decision overturns earlier jury verdict.
Recent Boy Scouts case provides helpful guidance for churches.
Court decision sets important precedent.
Statute of limitations had expired.
Charity had thoroughly screened and supervised employee.
School had conducted criminal records check before hiring the staff member.
Case important for churches to note.
Property was used as parking lots.
Records did not have enough substantiating information.
Classification means church must pay workers compensation insurance.
Ruling has significant impact for churches and charities.
Cy pres' doctrine not applicable because church's purpose was not established.