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January/February 2001
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2001 Standard Mileage Rate  Member access only

Clergy—Removal - Part 1 Member access only

An Indiana court ruled that a majority of a "congregational" church's members had the legal authority to determine whether or not to retain their pastor.

Clergy—Removal - Part 2 Member access only

A Georgia court ruled that it was prevented from resolving a pastor's claim that denominational rules were violated when he was transferred to a new parish.

Clergy—Removal - Part 3 Member access only

A Pennsylvania court ruled that a church board lacked the authority to remove a pastor because the church was "hierarchical" in nature.

Embezzlement Member access only

A North Carolina court affirmed the conviction of a pastor for obtaining church funds by false pretenses.

Employment Practices - Part 1 Member access only

An Ohio court ruled that a church school had not violated age discrimination law by dismissing an unmarried male teacher and female teacher who were living together.

Employment Practices - Part 2 Member access only

The Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that a church was not liable on the basis of negligent supervision or negligent retention for harassing telephone calls made by its janitor.

Freedom of Religion Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that a religious group could not use public school property for religious services because the property was not a "public forum.”

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities Member access only

An Oregon court affirmed the criminal conviction of a man for "stalking" a woman on church property.

Unincorporated Churches Member access only

A Colorado court ruled that an officer of a nonprofit unincorporated association was not personally liable for compensation that the association had failed to pay to former employees.



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Church Issues: Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Identity

Church Issues: Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Identity Member access only

Richard Hammar combines research and analysis to take you through a step-by-step process regarding public accommodations laws.
Essential Guide to Children's Ministry Safety

Essential Guide to Children's Ministry Safety Member access only

Understand and implement best practices to protect kids in your ministry.