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Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2007
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Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Lawsuits by Dismissed Clergy  Subscriber access only

A Texas court ruled that it was barred by the First Amendment from resolving a lawsuit brought against a church by a dismissed youth director.

Accusations of Defamation Subscriber access only

Statements concerning the discipline of members cannot be defamatory unless made with malice.
New York
Denominations - Legal Liability

Denominational Legal Responsibility for Local Churches Subscriber access only

There are several legal defenses available to a denominational agency that is sued as a result of the acts or obligations of affiliated clergy and churches.
New York
Employment Practices

Enforced Moral Codes Subscriber access only

Churches can impose scriptural or moral standards on their employees, and such efforts will be fully protected by the civil courts?o long as they do so fairly and uniformly.

Age Discrimination Claims Subscriber access only

Age discrimination requires proof that age was the basis for an adverse employment decision.
Multi State
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Subscriber access only

Several courts have refused to hold churches and denominational agencies liable on the basis of a breach of a fiduciary duty for the sexual misconduct of a minister.
Does Providing Child Care for House Groups Expose the Church to Liability?

Does Providing Child Care for House Groups Expose the Church to Liability? Subscriber access only

Potential risks for in-home small group gatherings.

What's the Difference Between "Privileged" and "Confidential" Communication? Subscriber access only

Two confusing legal concepts made clear.

Does a Child with ADHD Impose a Higher Duty of Care Upon Leaders? Subscriber access only

Churches may need to increase supervision.



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Receipts for Donors

Receipts for Donors  Subscriber access only

16 letters and forms for providing receipts to donors for different donations.
Protecting Your Tax-Exempt Status

Protecting Your Tax-Exempt Status Subscriber access only

Understand the requirements of your tax-exempt status.