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Church Law & Tax Report

November/December 2010
Articles with a Member Access Only are available only to members.

Feature Article

Immigration 101 Member access only

A primer on visas, work permits, and more.


Immigration Law and the Church

Immigration Law and the Church Member access only

How to welcome the stranger, legally.

Legislation Drops Cell Phones from "Listed Property" Member access only

But churches should await IRS guidance before changing record-keeping policies.

Same-Sex Marriage Member access only

Will pastors have to perform marriages contrary to their religious beliefs?

Assessing Sex Offenders' Risk of Reoffending Member access only

How diagnostic tools can help measure the danger.

Recent Developments

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

Spousal Support Payments Member access only

Court rules that pastor's lowered salary should not cause his alimony payments to be reduced.
Clergy - Removal; Contracts

Court May Resolve Pastor's Breach of Employment Claim Member access only

Not all church disputes involve matters of doctrine.
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Held Liable for Coach's Sexual Misconduct Member access only

Don't ignore warning signs of potential misconduct.
Church Members; Defamation

Informing Church Members of Disciplinary Action Member access only

Court refuses to resolve expelled member's defamation claim.
Church Property

Petroleum Contamination of Church Property Member access only

Court rejects church's injunction against neighboring gas station.

Potential Problems with "Religious" Marriages Member access only

Ceremonies that don't comply with legal requirements can have legal and tax consequences.
New York
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Are Churches and Affiliated Organizations Separate Entities? Member access only

A church and its affiliate may be considered a "single employer."


Q&A: Notifying the Congregation of a Sex Offender Member access only

Church leaders must consider several points to make an informed decision.