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Church Law & Tax Report

September/October 2008
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Feature Article


The Politics of Religion Member access only

Key activities church leaders should watch in an election year.

Recent Developments

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

Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporters and Victims' Rights Member access only

Victims of abuse may be able to sue a church as a result of leaders' handling of the case.
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Employment Practices

Defenses to Discrimination Lawsuits Member access only

Know how to defend your ministry in the event of a discrimination lawsuit.
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Missionary Molests Minor: Is the National Church Liable? Member access only

Court rules that crime was not reasonably forseeable.

Video Recordings as Evidence Member access only

If your church uses surveillance cameras, check with an attorney to determine what conditions apply to their use as evidence.



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Child Sexual Abuse Response Plan

Child Sexual Abuse Response Plan Member access only

Put a plan into action to prevent child sexual abuse from happening in your church.
Confronting Gun Violence at Church

Confronting Gun Violence at Church  Member access only

Help your congregation feel secure in your house of worship.