Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2011
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Feature Article

Does Your Church Owe Taxes on Alternative Revenue? Member access only

Understanding the unrelated business income tax.


Should Your Church Conduct Criminal Records Checks?  Member access only

These factors should guide the policies set by church leaders.

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Denominations - Legal Liability

Ascending Liability Claims Member access only

National churches will not necessarily be held liable for the acts of local affiliates.
New York
Church Property

Neutral Principle of Law Applied to Church Property Dispute Member access only

In many cases, a court may resolve a dispute over church property.
Freedom of Religion

Concealed Weapon Bans and the Constitution Member access only

Court concludes that laws prohibiting concealed weapons in churches do not violate the Constitution.

Liability for Off-Site Activities Member access only

Several factors determine whether an organization is liable for injuries off church property.
Employment Practices

The "Single Employer" Doctrine Member access only

Determining the degree of separateness between a church and an affiliated ministry.

Q&A: Retaining Records Member access only



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Understanding Wage and Hour Laws

Understanding Wage and Hour Laws Member access only

Learn about the Fair Labor Standards Act and how it applies to churches.
The 4 Hour Legal Training Program for Church Boards

The 4 Hour Legal Training Program for Church Boards Member access only

Understand key legal concepts necessary to protect the board and the church.