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A Threat to Church Employment Policies

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

A Threat to Church Employment Policies

Most churches have adopted employment policies, either in a policy manual or as individual policies. Examples include policies addressing:

employee standards
social media
cell phone usage
expense reimbursements
personnel files
safety and security
compensation and benefits
discipline and dismissal
intellectual property
conflicts of interest
leaves of absence

For many churches, policies change. Additions and modifications are common. Church leaders often assume that additions and changes automatically apply to current as well as future employees. But this often will not be the case, due to a fundamental requirement of contract law called "consideration." In order for a contract to be enforceable, each party must receive something of value ("consideration") in exchange for his or her commitment. To illustrate, if X and Y enter into a contract ...

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