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Church Law & Tax Report

July/August 2011
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Feature Article

A Valuable Tax Credit for Churches Member access only

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


Clawing Out of the Recession Member access only

How churches are faring during the slow economic recovery.

Supreme Court Tackles "Ministerial Exception" Member access only

High Court will examine rule's scope.

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 Member 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
Compensation and Benefits; Overtime Pay

Application of the FLSA Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements to a Church Employee Member access only

New York court rules Episcopal church custodian not entitled to overtime or minimum wage under FLSA.
North Carolina
Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Dispute Member 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 Member 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  Member 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  Member 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 Member 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.


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

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