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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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Essential Guide to Youth Ministry Safety

Essential Guide to Youth Ministry Safety Subscriber access only

Help youth ministers safely and appropriately conduct student ministry with this resource.
Your Guide To Employee Handbooks

Your Guide To Employee Handbooks Subscriber access only

If updated regularly, an employee handbook can offer valuable legal protection against civil court claims made by disgruntled staff members.