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September/October 2007
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Church Liability for the Sexual Molestation of Minors Subscriber access only

A recent case provides helpful guidance.

Church "Sound Rooms" Subscriber access only

Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Control of Property Subscriber access only

An Iowa court ruled that a local church that was experiencing internal problems did not enter into an enforceable agreement to transfer governance responsibilities to a denominational agency.
South Carolina
Church Property Disputes

Property Disputes and Bylaws Subscriber access only

Churches and denominational agencies can avoid church property disputes by adopting appropriate nondoctrinal language in deeds, trusts, local church bylaws, or denominational bylaws.

Counseling and Clergy Malpractice Subscriber access only

Most courts have rejected clergy malpractice as a basis for liability in all cases.
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Whistleblower Act and Employer Retaliation Subscriber access only

A Florida appeals court ruled that it was barred by the First Amendment from resolving a woman's claim under a state "whistle-blower" law.
New York
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Liability for Ex-Employees Subscriber access only

Churches generally cannot be liable for the acts of employees that are committed in their own residences apart from an official church activity, or after the termination of their employment.

Land Use Regulations Subscriber access only

A federal district court in Michigan ruled that a city violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by denying a church the right to use its property for church purposes on the basis of a parking ordinance.

Zoning and Substantial Burden Subscriber access only

An Oregon court ruled that a county did not violate RLUIPA by denying a church permission to construct a parochial school on its premises.

Is There a Minimum Legal Age for Church Child Care Workers? Subscriber access only

No, but the younger the worker, the more supervision required.



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Board Basics for Churches Subscriber access only

From church records to legal risks and liabilities—what your church board should know.
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