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Unemployment Benefits - Part 2

The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that an independent Christian school was not exempt from the state's unemployment compensation law.

Key point. State unemployment compensation laws generally do not apply to persons employed by church-operated child-care centers.
Key point. Independent religious schools that are not affiliated with a church or association of churches were exempted from coverage under federal unemployment law in 1997. However, states are not required to adopt this exemption.

* The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that an independent Christian school that was not affiliated with any church was not exempt from the state's unemployment compensation law. An independent Christian school had 160 students from preschool through grade 12. In addition to a traditional curriculum that included subjects such as math, science, history, and computer science, the school integrated teachings from the Bible throughout its curriculum. Students are also required to attend daily Bible classes and weekly chapel. The ...

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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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  • September 1, 2006

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