Church Law & Tax Report

September/October 2014
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Feature Article

A Threat to Church Employment Policies

A Threat to Church Employment Policies Member access only

Churches must provide 'consideration' for policy changes—or else jeopardize their validity.

Articles

Travel Injuries: Why Churches Must Prepare Better

Travel Injuries: Why Churches Must Prepare Better Member access only

A $42 million school verdict underscores need for prevention.

Supreme Court Allows Prayers in City Council Meetings Member access only

What clergy should note about invitations to lead public prayers.

Recent Developments

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

Law Against Clergy-Counselee Sexual Relationships is Constitutional  Member access only

Minnesota Supreme Court rules state law against sexual relationships within clergy-counselee relationships doesn't violate the religion clause.
New York
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Church Not Responsible to Supervise Outside Party Using Premises  Member access only

As a result, the church was not liable for a minor's injury that took place in their building.
Connecticut
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Release Form Not Enforceable Due to Lack of Clarity Member access only

Male severely injured in Habitat for Humanity bike race successfully sues organization for negligent conduct.
Florida

Father Asks Court to have Son's Ashes Divided Member access only

When parents disagree on the burial state for their son, ownership of remains comes into question.
Louisiana
Child Abuse Reporting

Priest Not a Mandatory Reporter in Child Abuse Case Member access only

Louisiana court rules priest not subject to civil liability for failing to report abuse.

What Should We Do With Illegal Items? Member access only

Handling guns, drugs, and other materials given to clergy.

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Planning the Pastor’s Retirement Package

Planning the Pastor’s Retirement Package Member access only

Use this guide to develop your pastor's retirement plan for all stages of life.
Best Practices for Technology Usage

Best Practices for Technology Usage Member access only

Establish policies and best practices to govern the use of technology for church staff.