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November/December 1996
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Feature Article

Congress Enacts Sweeping Tax Law Changes Subscriber access only

Every church and minister will be impacted.


Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Returning Donations to Bankruptcy Trustees Subscriber access only

Federal court rules in favor of church in bankruptcy dispute.

Failure to Report Child Abuse Subscriber access only

Court sides with church in abuse reporting case.

Legal Intervention in Church Property Dispute Subscriber access only

Court says it lacks authority to review denominational decision.

Abuse Reporting and Penitent Privilege Subscriber access only

Child abuse confession protected by clergy-penitent privilege, court says.

Libel and Slander Subscriber access only

No suit for defamation without proof of 'legal malice,' court rules.

Indemnification of Corporate Officers Subscriber access only

Many bylaws provide some financial protection for board members facing a lawsuit.

Former Employers Found Liable for Teacher's Actions at Current Job Subscriber access only

Court finds former employers responsible because of their positive references.

Legal Ramifications of Sexual Misconduct Subscriber access only

Court upholds lengthy conviction for molester.

Hospital Not Liable for Chaplain's Abuse Subscriber access only

Respondeat superior' argument not valid in case, court says.

Member Can Sue Church Janitor for Injuries, Court Says Subscriber access only

Janitor was not a member of the church.

Loss of Corporate Status Subscriber access only

Consequences may be overturned if organization reinstates corporate status.



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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?
Managing the Legal Risks of Lay Counseling

Managing the Legal Risks of Lay Counseling Subscriber access only

Develop specific policies and procedures that protect your church, lay caregivers, and those who receive care.