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Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 1994
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Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Employer Guilty of "Religious Harassment" Subscriber access only

Man had witnessed to an employee.
Georgia
Breach of Contract

Are Pledges Legally Enforceable? Subscriber access only

In some cases, a financial pledge may be legally enforceable.
Federal
Schools

Church Daycares and Non-Establishment of Religion Subscriber access only

Court rules that city's ordinance does not violate the First Amendment.
Georgia
Church Property Disputes

Members Block Church's Disposition of Assets Subscriber access only

In some states, members may challenge a church board's decision to dispose of assets.
Missouri

Bishop Sues Local Pastor for Refusing to Step Down Subscriber access only

A denomination's lawsuit against a minister cannot come from a denominational official.
Illinois
Church Property Disputes

Members Sue to Dissolve Church Subscriber access only

Their lawsuit was dismissed.
Pennsylvania

Review of Church Membership Decisions Subscriber access only

Courts generally consider membership decisions to be an ecclesiastical matter.

Increase in Standard Business Mileage Rate Subscriber access only

The IRS increased the rate to 29 cents for 1994.
Arkansas

Minister Sues Denomination Over Broken Promise Subscriber access only

He claimed a bishop had promised to appoint him to a particular church.
Montana
Church Property

"Just Compensation" for Condemned Property Subscriber access only

Churches are entitled to compensation for condemned property.
Maryland
Arbitration

Arbitration of Church Disputes Subscriber access only

Court rules that arbitrators' decision is final.
Federal

Government Employee Dismissed for Engaging in Religious Activities Subscriber access only

Court rules that man's rights were not violated.
Massachusetts
Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Limited Liability of Charitable Organizations Subscriber access only

Does this limitation extend to officers and directors?
New York
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Man Suffers Heart Attack During Aerobics Class Subscriber access only

Athletic club found not legally responsible.
New Jersey

Liability Insurance and Immunity from Lawsuits Subscriber access only

Insurance does not necessarily affect a charity's immunity from a lawsuit brought by a beneficiary.
Minnesota

Liability for a Child's Drowning Death Subscriber access only

Any swimming activity involving young children present significant risks.
Michigan

Release Forms and High-Risk Activities Subscriber access only

In some states, release forms signed by competent adults may be recognized in court.
Washington

Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability Subscriber access only

Release form signed before a man's death prevents his family from suing.
Idaho

Alleged Victims' Denial of Sexual Molestation Subscriber access only

Court convicts man despite alleged victim's repudiation of allegation.
Nebraska

Parsonages and Property Tax Exemption Subscriber access only

In some states, a parsonage is exempt even if a minister does not perform ministerial duties there.

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Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws Subscriber access only

Did you know pastors and other church staff may be required by law to report child abuse and that laws on this vary state by state?
Protecting Your Church from Crime and Violence

Protecting Your Church from Crime and Violence  Subscriber access only

Assess the security of your church and learn how to prevent crime.