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Church Law & Tax Report

July/August 2012
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Feature Article

Robert's Rules of Order Subscriber access only

Your church's guide to the latest updates.


Church Law & Tax Report Celebrates 25 Years Subscriber access only

Times and technology change, but the mission remains the same.

Preventing Flare-Ups with Wi-Fi Hotspots Subscriber access only

What churches should know about the legal liabilities of wireless access.

EEOC Issues Guidance on Background Checks Subscriber access only

What churches should note for screening policy.
Recent Developments

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Charitable Contributions

Tithing When You're Bankrupt Subscriber access only

Can bankruptcy trustees recover charitable contributions made by bankrupt debtors?
Church Members

Court Intervention in Church Legal Disputes Subscriber access only

If religious doctrine is involved, courts typically won't intervene in governance disputes.
Employment Practices

Discriminating Against Obese Employees Subscriber access only

Court rules that severe obesity is a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Use of Discretionary Funds for Personal Purposes Subscriber access only

Misuse of church funds can lead to legal problems.

Performing "Religious" Marriage Ceremonies Subscriber access only

Risks of officiating at "religious" marriages that don't comply with state law.
Retirement Plans

Liability for Retirement Fund Losses Subscriber access only

Protect your retirement fund and its governing board from liability for losses.
Tax Calendar

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers

Do We Have to Pay Overtime? Subscriber access only

The Fair Labor Standards Act does not allow averaging of hours over two or more weeks.



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Setting Wages and Benefits for Church Staff

Setting Wages and Benefits for Church Staff Subscriber access only

This training download addresses key aspects of compensation planning for church employees.
Record Keeping

Record Keeping  Subscriber access only

Learn best practices for protecting confidential documents.