Church Law & Tax Report

September/October 2001
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Feature Article

The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 Member access only

Over 440 tax code changes-here is what church leaders need to know.

Articles

Recent Developments

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

Child Abuse Member access only

The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that persons who are mandatory reporters of child abuse under state law have no legal duty to report consensual sexual activity among two minors.
Georgia
Church Records

Church Records Member access only

A Georgia court ruled that a church treasurer had a legal right to demand that a church's former pastor and former treasurer turn over the church's financial records.

Freedom of Religion Member access only

The United States Supreme Court ruled that a public school violated the free speech rights of a religious club by forbidding the club to meet after hours at the school.

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities - Part 1 Member access only

A New York court ruled that a school was not legally responsible for the shooting death of a student that occurred on school premises.

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities - Part 2 Member access only

A Virginia court ruled that a school could be liable for the transmission of the HIV virus to a teacher by an 8-year-old student.

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities - Part 3 Member access only

An Iowa court ruled that a church was not responsible for the death of a young mother whose car was struck by the church's pastor after he suffered a massive heart attack.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 1 Member access only

A Florida court ruled that the first amendment religion clauses did not prevent it from resolving a lawsuit claiming that a church and denominational agency were legally responsible on the basis of negligent hiring and supervision for a minister's acts of child molestation.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 2 Member access only

A New York court ruled that a school could be liable on the basis of negligent supervision for the molestation of a seventh-grade student by a school counselor.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 3 Member access only

A New York court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment from resolving a woman's claim that she had been injured by a priest's repeated sexual contacts with her.

Wills, Estates, and Trusts Member access only

A Texas court ruled that a national church's insurance policy covered a lawsuit brought against it by the executor of an estate.

Workers Compensation - Part 1 Member access only

An Alabama court ruled that a church custodian was entitled to workers compensation benefits as a result of an injury she suffered on the job.

Workers Compensation - Part 2 Member access only

An Oregon court ruled that an employee was not entitled to workers compensation benefits as a result of carpal tunnel syndrome.