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Church Law & Tax Report

September/October 1997
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Religious Freedom Restoration Act Member access only

Every church will be affected.

Recent Developments

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

Evaluating Allegations of Child Abuse Member access only

A recent case will be of use to churches.
Texas
Church Property

Check Deed Before Renting Property Member access only

Some deeds contain restrictions prohibiting religious facilities.
Arkansas
Church Property Disputes

Review Deed Before Conveying Property Member access only

Be familiar with restrictions in your church's deed.
Maryland
Church Property Disputes

Churches as Historic Landmarks Member access only

Restriction of a church's right to demolish a building may violate the First Amendment.
Ohio
Church Records

Members' Inspection of Church Records Member access only

Who has a right to inspect records?
Minnesota

Former Minister Sues Church for Wrongful Dismissal Member access only

Courts generally will not intervene in churches' ministerial employment decisions.
Minnesota

Dismissed Minister Sues Former Church Member access only

Courts are reluctant to resolve employment disputes between ministers and churches.
Ohio

Lawsuit Challenges Church's Selection of Pastor Member access only

Court rules that it cannot intervene.
Arizona
Invasion of Privacy

Pastor Sued for Disclosing Confidential Information Member access only

The victim had revealed the information during counseling.
Texas

Hearsay Testimony Member access only

Ministers may be barred from testifying about statements made to them out of court.
Federal
Freedom of Religion

Freedom of Religion at Work Member access only

Restrictions of employees' religious speech may violate the First Amendment.
Colorado
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Insurance Coverage of Sexual Misconduct Member access only

Be sure to know what your policy covers.
Texas
Defamation

Defamation and "Qualified Privilege" Member access only

Claims made to others concerning a matter of common interest generally are protected.
Massachusetts
Schools

Defamatory Statements Member access only

Expressions of opinion cannot be considered defamation.
Colorado
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church and Pastor Sued Over Child Molestation Member access only

Don't ignore accusations of sexual misconduct.

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Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy

Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy Member access only

Church leaders and boards can take relatively simple, yet effective steps to reduce the likelihood of child sexual abuse.
Your Guide To Employee Handbooks

Your Guide To Employee Handbooks Member access only

If updated regularly, an employee handbook can offer valuable legal protection against civil court claims made by disgruntled staff members.