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November/December 2010
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Immigration 101 Subscriber access only

A primer on visas, work permits, and more.


Immigration Law and the Church

Immigration Law and the Church Subscriber access only

How to welcome the stranger, legally.

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

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

Same-Sex Marriage Subscriber access only

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

Assessing Sex Offenders' Risk of Reoffending Subscriber access only

How diagnostic tools can help measure the danger.
Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Spousal Support Payments Subscriber access only

Court rules that pastor's lowered salary should not cause his alimony payments to be reduced.

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

Don't ignore warning signs of potential misconduct.
Members - Discipline

Informing Church Members of Disciplinary Action Subscriber access only

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

Petroleum Contamination of Church Property Subscriber access only

Court rejects church's injunction against neighboring gas station.
Marriage and Divorce

Potential Problems with "Religious" Marriages Subscriber 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? Subscriber access only

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

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers



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FREE: 70 Insights to Keep Your Church Safe, Legal, and Financially Sound Subscriber access only

Tips on important topics from our resources.
Unrelated Business Income — The General Rules

Unrelated Business Income — The General Rules Subscriber access only

How unrelated business income, and the possible taxes owed from it, works for churches.