Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2013
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Feature Article

Clergy, Counseling, and Criminal Liability

Clergy, Counseling, and Criminal Liability Member access only

What churches must know about pastoral liability for sexual misconduct.

Articles

The Top Five Reasons Churches Go to Court

The Top Five Reasons Churches Go to Court Member access only

Analysis of 12,000 cases reveals the leading legal risks for ministries.
Churches and Released Time Programs for Public Schools

Churches and Released Time Programs for Public Schools Member access only

Steps for developing and maintaining a constitutionally sound effort.

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Massachusetts
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Not Responsible for Sexual Abuse of a Minor Member access only

Assailant fully to blame for disregarded church's safety policies.
Mississippi
Employment Practices

There Is No Legal Duty to Perform Background Checks on Every Applicant  Member access only

Specifically when the position for hire is low-risk.
Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Teacher Granted Unemployment Member access only

Court rules that teacher terminated from church-affiliated school is eligible for unemployment benefits.

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Confronting Gun Violence at Church

Confronting Gun Violence at Church Member access only

Help your congregation feel secure in your house of worship.
Essential Guide to Employment Issues for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Employment Issues for Church Boards Member access only

Covers selection and screening, dispute resolution, terminations, discrimination, and minimum wage.