Church Law & Tax Report

January/February 1995
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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Are Churches Responsible for Injuries by Outside Groups on Its Property? Member access only

Yes, if church maintains control of premises, court rules.

Confidential and Privileged Communications Between Members and Clergy Member access only

Court rules clergy-penitent privilege not limited to "confessions."
New York

Confidential Communications with More than One Person Member access only

Clergy-penitent privilege may be revoked if information has been shared with others.
Employment Practices

Age Discrimination and Religious Organizations Member access only

Court says religious organizations not applicable to most religious organizations.
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Liability for Asbestos Exposure on Church Property Member access only

Church not responsible for potential future asbestos-related health problems.

When Are Statements to Clergy Confidential and Privileged? Member access only

Recent case highlights some statements that may or may not be protected by penitent privilege.

Can Parents Claim "Educational Malpractice" Against a School? Member access only

Usually not, Colorado court says.

City Can Assess Utility Fee to Churches for Fire Prevention Costs Member access only

Fee covers expense of a service, court says.



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20 Finance Questions Churches Ask

20 Finance Questions Churches Ask Member access only

Richard Hammar answers relevant tax and finance questions for church leaders.
Medical Emergency Preparation

Medical Emergency Preparation  Member access only

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