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Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2012
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Feature Article

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

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

Court: No Housing Allowances for Second Homes Subscriber access only

Ruling reverses controversial 'Driscoll' decision.


Recent Developments

Recent Developments

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

Clergy Malpractice Claims Subscriber access only

Courts generally refuse to recognize these claims.
Church Members

Court Intervention in Church Legal Disputes Subscriber access only

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

Who Is Considered a Minister? Subscriber access only

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

Religious Discrimination Subscriber access only

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

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

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

In Brief

Key news recaps

Congress Extends Payroll Tax Holiday Subscriber access only

Churches should note withholding rates, revised Form 941.
Tax Calendar

Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers

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



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20 Finance Questions Churches Ask

20 Finance Questions Churches Ask Subscriber access only

Richard Hammar shares his answers to 20 of the most widely asked and relevant tax and finance questions for church leaders.
Managing the Legal Risks of Lay Counseling

Managing the Legal Risks of Lay Counseling Subscriber access only

Develop specific policies and procedures that protect your church, lay caregivers, and those who receive care.