Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2008
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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
North Carolina
Denominations - Legal Liability; Employment Practices; Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment Suit Proceeds Against Local Church, but Not Denomination Member access only

Denominations are not held liable for acts of individual churches.
Federal
Denominations - Legal Liability; Employment Practices

Church Secretary Sues for Age Discrimination Member access only

Federal appeals court rules she has enough evidence to move case forward.
Federal

Federal Court Denies Work Visa to Foreign Religious Worker Member access only

Immigrant ministers must fulfill several requirements to qualify for work visas.
New York
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Churches Not Liable for Safety of Students When They Leave Premises Member access only

Church’s duty to protect ends when a child leaves the physical custody of the church.
Arkansas
Director, Officers, and Trustees; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Injuries on the Playground Member access only

Court rules church not liable for injuries based on gross negligence.
Q&A: Sponsoring Hayrides at Church

Q&A: Sponsoring Hayrides at Church Member access only

Should our church be concerned about sponsoring events like hayrides?

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Your Guide to Employee Handbooks

Your Guide to Employee Handbooks Member access only

If updated regularly, an employee handbook can offer valuable legal protection against civil court claims made by disgruntled staff members.
Essential Guide to Employment Issues for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Employment Issues for Church Boards Member access only

Covers selection and screening, dispute resolution, terminations, discrimination, and minimum wage.