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September/October 1999
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Feature Article

Reimbursing Business Expenses Through Salary "Restructuring" Member access only

The IRS reconsiders its position

The Volunteers for Children Act Member access only

What church leaders need to know

Articles

Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Recent Developments in the District of Columbia Regarding Church Business Meetings Member access only

A District of Columbia court of appeals ruled that the first amendment prevented it from resolving a lawsuit by a purported church member who claimed that the election of a pastor at a church business meeting was invalid because it was in violation of procedural requirements mandated by the District of Columbia nonprofit corporations law.
Texas

Recent Developments in Texas Regarding Clergy Removal Member access only

A Texas court ruled that it lacked the authority to intervene in a local church dispute involving the retention of a pastor.
Oregon

Recent Developments in Oregon Regarding Defamation Member access only

An Oregon court ruled that statements made by a pastor were not protected by a qualified privilege, and as a result the pastor could be sued for defamation as a result of statements he made publicly about a member of the congregation.
Louisiana

Recent Developments in Louisiana Regarding the Legal Liabilities of Denominations Member access only

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a Catholic archdiocese might be legally responsible for the molestation of a parochial school student by a school principal.
Connecticut

Recent Developments in Connecticut Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 1 Member access only

A Connecticut court ruled that the first amendment did not prevent it from resolving a woman's claim that a church and diocese were legally responsible on the basis of "negligent hiring, training, retention, and supervision" for the acts of a priest who molested her when she was a minor.
Washington

Recent Developments in Washington Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers Member access only

A Washington state court ruled that the statute of limitations, and the first amendment, prevented three women from suing a pastor who had engaged in sexual contacts with them during counseling sessions several years before.
Washington

Recent Developments in Washington Regarding Wills, Trusts, and Estates Member access only

A Washington state court ruled that a sizable gift to a church in a decedent's will was not the product of undue influence.
Connecticut

Recent Developments in Connecticut Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 2 Member access only

A Connecticut court ruled that the first amendment did not prevent a Catholic diocese from being sued on the basis of negligent supervision by nine adults who claimed they were molested by the same priest when they were minors.

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Unrelated Business Income — The General Rules

Unrelated Business Income — The General Rules Member access only

How unrelated business income, and the possible taxes owed from it, works for churches.
Liability & Church and State Issues: Volume 4 of Pastor, Church & Law

Liability & Church and State Issues: Volume 4 of Pastor, Church & Law Member access only

Learn which local, state, and federal laws apply to religious organizations.