Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2006
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Feature Article

How Child Abuse Reporting Laws Apply to Ministers and Lay Church Employees—for 2006 Member access only

Our annual review of the laws of all 50 states.


Recent Developments

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

Church Property Member access only

A clause in a church deed limiting any future conveyance of the property to "Protestant evangelical churches" was not enforceable.

Employment Practices - Part 1 Member access only

A church that dismissed a 47-year-old teacher for remarrying without first obtaining an annulment of a prior marriage could not be sued for age discrimination.

Employment Practices - Part 2 Member access only

An employer's use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) test in making employment decisions violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Church Property; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

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

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers - Part 1 Member access only

A Louisiana court ruled that the members of a school board could be personally liable for the sexual molestation of a 16-year-old girl that occurred on a school bus.

Workers Compensation Member access only

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that a person's entitlement to workers compensation benefits based on "total disability" was not affected by the receipt of wages for services performed as a music minister at his church.
Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Wills and Estates Member access only

An Indiana court addressed the important question of whether a designated gift to charity is legally enforceable.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers - Part 2 Member access only

New York's highest court ruled that a church and denominational agency were not liable for the sexual misconduct of a pastor.



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2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide Member access only

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
Creating a Disaster Preparation and Response Plan

Creating a Disaster Preparation and Response Plan Member access only

Learn the steps you can take now so you are ready to respond if a crisis unfolds.