Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2012
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Feature Article

12 Lessons from Penn State's Abuse Scandal Member access only

Church leaders must set and follow policies—and keep watch.

Court: No Housing Allowances for Second Homes Member access only

Ruling reverses controversial 'Driscoll' decision.

Articles

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Connecticut
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Clergy Malpractice Claims Member access only

Courts generally refuse to recognize these claims.
Florida
Church Members

Court Intervention in Church Legal Disputes Member access only

Courts will not resolve disputes that involve church doctrine.
Texas
Employment Practices

Who Is Considered a Minister? Member access only

Courts may use various tests to determine whether the ministerial exception applies to an individual.
Michigan
Breach of Contract

Religious Discrimination Member access only

Federal law does not prohibit religious discrimination in private contracts.
Michigan
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Can a Denomination Be Held Responsible for a Pastor's Sexual Misconduct? Member access only

The answer hinges on whether the pastor is considered an employee of the denomination.

In Brief

Key news recaps

Congress Extends Payroll Tax Holiday Member access only

Churches should note withholding rates, revised Form 941.

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers

Q&A: Must Both Parents Consent to a Dedication? Member access only

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Your Guide To Employee Handbooks

Your Guide To Employee Handbooks Member access only

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

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws Member access only

Did you know pastors and other church staff may be required by law to report child abuse and that laws on this vary state by state?