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Church Law & Tax Report

May/June 2013
Articles with a Member Access Only are available only to members.

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.


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
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.
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.
Compensation and Benefits; Schools

Pennsylvania Teacher Granted Unemployment Member access only

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