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.


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
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.

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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Politics and the Church

Politics and the Church Member access only

Tax and legal guidelines faith-based organizations need to know before jumping into the political fray.
Creating a Disaster Preparation and Response Plan

Creating a Disaster Preparation and Response Plan Member access only

Learn the steps you can take now so you are ready to respond if a crisis unfolds.