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Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 2003
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Privacy - Part 1 Subscriber access only

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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Privacy - Part 2 Subscriber access only

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA): Application to church websites.

Privacy - Part 3 Subscriber access only

A California court ruled that an employee who was fired for using his office computer to access pornographic websites on the Internet was barred from suing his employer for wrongful termination.

Negligent Selection Subscriber access only

Criminal records checks for youth workers.

Child Abuse Reporting Subscriber access only

A California court ruled that a school counselor who reported suspected child abuse to civil authorities could not be sued for defamation and emotional distress.

Clergy—Removal Subscriber access only

A Michigan court dismissed a lawsuit brought by a pastor against members of his church who were attempting to remove him as pastor.

Constitution, Bylaws and Charters Subscriber access only

A Texas court ruled that it could not resolve an internal church dispute on the basis of the church’s constitution and bylaws.

Copyright Law Subscriber access only

The United States Supreme Court ruled that publishers cannot place the contents of magazines and other periodicals in online electronic databases and on CD-ROMs without obtaining the permission of writers.

Employment Practices Subscriber access only

An Ohio court ruled that a church could be sued for discrimination and breach of contract as a result of its termination of a music director.

Malpractice Subscriber access only

A Connecticut court ruled that church elders who counseled with a woman could not be sued for their advice to remain with her abusive husband.

Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A federal court in New York ruled that an “auto exclusion” in a church insurance policy left a church without insurance to cover the death of one child and serious injuries to another.

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

A Missouri court ruled that a church was not liable, on the basis of negligent supervision, for the sexual molestation of a child by a church's youth pastor.

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

A New York court ruled that a school was not liable for the molestation of two children by a teacher while attending a party in the victims’ home that was sponsored by their parents.

Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A California court ruled that a school was responsible for an off-campus injury to a student.

Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 3 Subscriber access only

A New York court upheld the validity of a state law making it a crime to operate a motor vehicle while using a cell phone.

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Church Board Guide to Developing a Risk Management Strategy

Church Board Guide to Developing a Risk Management Strategy Subscriber access only

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Managing Church Facility Use

Managing Church Facility Use  Subscriber access only

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