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Workers Compensation - Part 2

A Washington appeals court ruled that a church could recover its attorneys fees from an employee who filed a frivolous lawsuit against it.

Key point 8-02. All states have enacted workers compensation laws to provide benefits to employees who are injured or become ill in the course of their employment. Benefits generally are financed through insurance premiums paid by employers. Churches are subject to workers compensation laws in most states.
Workers Compensation

* A Washington appeals court ruled that a church could recover its attorneys fees from an employee who filed a frivolous lawsuit against it following a work-related injury. A woman ("Julie") applied for a job as an aide at church-operated preschool. During her interview, Julie was told that the preschool was a ministry of the church. She participated in an employee orientation after she was hired, and was given numerous documents, including the Staff Member Handbook. The handbook states that the preschool is organized and operated by the church. Julie received ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • May 1, 2003

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