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Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 2010
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Call to Order Subscriber access only

Articles

Is Preaching About Homosexuality a Hate Crime? Subscriber access only

Limitations of the new Hate Crimes Act.

Thinking of Buying a House? Subscriber access only

Modified homebuyer credit may make now the best time for pastors to make a move.

Will Ministers Lose Tax-Exempt Housing Benefits? Subscriber access only

Longstanding law challenged in federal court case.

Notable Quotes Subscriber access only

Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Church Finance Disputes Subscriber access only

Court rules that it cannot resolve a claim relating to a church's financial expenditures.
Indiana
Defamation

Defamation Via Email Subscriber access only

Think before you "send."
Illinois
Defamation

False Accusations Subscriber access only

Court rules that a priest cannot sue men who accused him of sexually molesting them.
Louisiana
Defamation

Malicious Statements Subscriber access only

Court rules that committee's statements are protected by "qualified privilege."
Florida
Confidential and Privileged Communications

Expectation of Secrecy Subscriber access only

Court rules that murderer waived his right to the privilege.
Florida
Marriage

Legal Marriage Requirements Subscriber access only

Couples united in "religious ceremonies" are not lawfully married.
New Jersey
Schools

Invasion of Privacy Subscriber access only

Court rules that school's sale of a recorded school play does not invade students' privacy.
Washington
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Probation Conditions for Sex Offenders at Church Subscriber access only

Check the probation arrangements of offenders who attend your church.
Massachusetts
Confidential and Privileged Communications

Confidentiality During Spiritual Counsel Subscriber access only

Only statements made in the course of seeking spiritual counsel are protected by the privilege.
Kansas
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Responding to a Disruption During a Service Subscriber access only

Court says church isn't liable for restraining woman.
New York
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Liability for Playground Injuries Subscriber access only

What churches can learn from ruling involving a school.
Tax Calendar

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers

ChurchSalary

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Immigration & the Church

Immigration & the Church Subscriber access only

Help with determining how to proceed legally with the issue of immigration
Safety On the Road

Safety On the Road  Subscriber access only

Discover the best ways to transport people safely.