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Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 1994
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Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Denominations' Liability for Sexual Misconduct Occurring in Churches Subscriber access only

This case will be of interest to denominational officers.

Former Church Member Challenges Dismissal Subscriber access only

Civil courts cannot resolve such cases.
Church Business Meetings

Removal of Church Elders Subscriber access only

Established church procedures must be followed.
Retirement Plans

Termination of Retirement Benefits Subscriber access only

Court rules that retired pastor can sue his former church for breaching its promise to pay him in retirement.
Retirement Plans

Fiduciary Duties of Pension Plans Subscriber access only

Do pension plans have a duty to warn of the tax consequences of withdrawing funds?

Relevance of Previous Criminal Acts to Employment Decisions Subscriber access only

Are prior criminal acts relevant in deciding whether to use a worker?

School Facility Use Subscriber access only

Court rules that school may not forbid the use of its gymnasium for a baccalaureate service.

Court Jurisdiction Over Church Disputes Subscriber access only

Civil courts will not intervene in ecclesiastical matters.

Termination of Seminary Professors Subscriber access only

Court rules that professor cannot sue for wrongful dismissal.
New York
Confidential and Privileged Communications

Use of the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Subscriber access only

When can the privilege be raised?

Instructional Purposes as "Fair Use" of Copyrighted Materials Subscriber access only

Making copies of works for this purpose does not constitute "fair use".



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Essential Guide to Church Budgeting

Essential Guide to Church Budgeting Subscriber access only

Good budgeting will help your church stay financially healthy.
Setting a Pastor's Pay

Setting a Pastor's Pay Subscriber access only

Richard Hammar explains legal and tax matters for planning the pastors compensation.