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Church Law & Tax Report

July/August 2011
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Feature Article

A Valuable Tax Credit for Churches Subscriber access only

How Small Church Staffs May Benefit from a Health Care Reform Provision


Clawing Out of the Recession Subscriber access only

How churches are faring during the slow economic recovery.

Supreme Court Tackes "Ministerial Exception" Subscriber access only

High Court will examine rule's scope.
Recent Developments

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Statute of Limitations Prevents Church from Being Sued Subscriber access only

Court rules statute of limitations prevents 23-year-old male from suing a church six years after abuse from youth pastor took place.
New York
Overtime Pay

Minimum Wage and Overtime

New York court rules Episcopalian church custodian not entitled to overtime or minimum wage under FLSA.
North Carolina

Compensation Dispute Subscriber access only

Court rules that it's against the First Amendment to resolve a priest's compensation dispute with his diocese.
Child Abuse

Sex Offender Sentenced to Life Term of Supervised Release Subscriber access only

A federal appeals court ruled that sentence did not amount to "cruel and unusual" punishment.
North Carolina
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Held Liable for Pastor's Abuse of Minors  Subscriber access only

Church without "never-alone" policy is held responsible for children who were sexually abused by pastor.
North Carolina

Church's Insurance Policy Prevents Coverage  Subscriber access only

Sexual injuries to three minors at a church preschool aren't covered by church's insurance policy.
New York
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Catholic Archdiocese Not Held Responsible for Sexual Abuse Subscriber access only

Federal court rules archdiocese not responsible for negligent hiring in sexual abuse case, based on no prior knowledge of wrongful act by priest.
Tax Calendar

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers

Q&A: Are Quorums Always Needed? Subscriber access only

The answer to this question may be found in one of three sources.



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Youth Ministry in a #MeToo Culture

Youth Ministry in a #MeToo Culture Subscriber access only

Develop boundaries and a reporting structure that keeps your youth program safe for everyone.
20 Finance Questions Churches Ask

20 Finance Questions Churches Ask Subscriber access only

Richard Hammar shares his answers to 20 of the most widely asked and relevant tax and finance questions for church leaders.