Church Law & Tax Report

November/December 2011
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Feature Article

Feature Article

Stacking Up Electronics in the Church Member access only

Gadgets present legal, tax issues for leaders.

Articles

Excessive Pay and Benefits  Member access only

Though rare, blind spots can trip up any church.

Recent Developments

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

Beware of Fundraising Schemes Member access only

A warning to trusting churches.
Illinois
Privacy

Invasion of Privacy Lawsuit Member access only

The dangers of communicating potentially damaging information about employees.
New York
Clergy - Removal

Incorporated Arbitration Clauses Member access only

Have an attorney review any arbitration policy to ensure its enforceability.
Tennessee
Church Records

Members' Right to Inspect Church Records

Members may inspect records only if they have a “proper purpose” for doing so.
Texas
Church Records

Is a Church Obligated to Share Member Records? Member access only

State nonprofit corporation law may override protection of privacy.
Colorado
Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

FLSA and the Ministerial Exception Member access only

Federal court rules that a seminarian cannot claim unpaid overtime compensation.
Colorado

Release Forms Member access only

Have your insurance agent and an attorney review releases before you use them.
Illinois
Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

Overtime Pay for Work-Related Smartphone Use Member access only

Follow these steps to reduce your risk of overtime liability.

ChurchSalary

ChurchSalary

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Board Member Orientation

Board Member Orientation Member access only

The concise and complete guide to nonprofit board service
Confronting Gun Violence at Church

Confronting Gun Violence at Church Member access only

Help your congregation feel secure in your house of worship.