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November/December 2006
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Feature Article

The New Pension Reform Law Affects Every Church Subscriber access only

Provisions go far beyond pension plans.

Articles

Bankruptcy Subscriber access only

A bankruptcy court in Arkansas ruled that a bankruptcy trustee could not object to a couple's bankruptcy plan on the ground that they proposed to continue making contributions to their church.

Privacy Subscriber access only

A federal appeals court ruled that an employee did not have an expectation of privacy in his workplace computer.

Contracts Subscriber access only

A church's decision to discontinue making payments to a former pastor's widow did not amount to a breach of contract.

Church Property Subscriber access only

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the validity of imposing a trust upon the properties of affiliated churches in favor of the national church.

Clergy—Removal - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that it was barred by the First Amendment from resolving a church music director's disability discrimination claim.

Clergy—Removal - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A federal appeals court ruled that it was barred by the First Amendment from resolving a lawsuit brought against a denomination by a dismissed minister.

Clergy—Removal - Part 3 Subscriber access only

A federal court in Connecticut ruled that it was barred from resolving a minister's claim that a church's refusal to hire him amounted to discrimination based on race and national origin.

Confidentiality Subscriber access only

A Florida court ruled that a student at a religious high school could not sue the school as a result of the disclosure of his sexual orientation.

Employment Practices - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A federal court in Oklahoma ruled that a church was not liable on the basis of sexual harassment for the conduct of a minister.

Employment Practices - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A New York court ruled that a church could be sued by a former employee for discriminating against him on the basis of his religion and sexual orientation.

Employment Practices - Part 3 Subscriber access only

A federal appeals court ruled that a minister's age discrimination lawsuit was barred by the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Freedom of Religion Subscriber access only

A public school policy prohibiting the rental of school property to churches for religious worship violated the First Amendment guaranty of free speech.

Defamation - Part 1 Subscriber access only

The First Amendment limits, but does not eliminate, a church's liability for defamation.

Defamation - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A District of Columbia court of appeals ruled that a pastor could be sued for defamation for falsely informing a public gathering.

Taxation—Church Property Subscriber access only

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a church's parking lot was exempt from property taxation.

Workers Compensation Subscriber access only

A Louisiana court upheld the denial of workers compensation benefits to an injured worker who had been seen performing compensated services for a church.

Zoning - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A city did not violate the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by denying a church's request for a permit to operate a day care program in a residential neighborhood.

Zoning - Part 2 Subscriber access only

Local zoning laws generally allow “churches” in residential areas.
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Church Finance Subscriber access only

Learn about budgeting, financial reporting, tax compliance, insurance coverage, and more.
Does Your Church Owe Taxes on Alternative Revenue?

Does Your Church Owe Taxes on Alternative Revenue? Subscriber access only

How unrelated business income, and the possible taxes owed from it, works for churches.