Church Law & Tax Report

January/February 2015
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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Texas

Exemption of Unemployment Services Doesn't Violate First Amendment Member access only

Terminated employee unable to sue church for lack of unemployment benefits.
New York
Taxation - Church Property

New York Court Rules Tax Exemption in Favor of Catholic Diocese Member access only

Closed churches’ occasional use for religious purposes is enough to exempt them from property taxes.
Georgia
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Could be Liable for Negligent Hiring Member access only

Court rules church hiring youth pastor without checking reference could be liable for workers' molestation of a minor.
Illinois
Denominations - Legal Liability; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Former Scout Leader Sued for Molestation Member access only

Court rules scouting organization is not responsible.
Louisiana
Privacy

Church Deacon Secretly Records Teenage Girls in His Bathroom Member access only

A 10-year sentence at hard labor stands up in court.
Federal
Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Aurora Movie Theater Could Be Liable for 2012 Shooting Member access only

Federal court rules armed assailant’s shooting could have been prevented if security measures were taken.
Federal
Insurance

Pollution Exclusion in Insurance Policy Prevents Lawsuit Member access only

Pastor killed by carbon monoxide in church parsonage; wife is unable to sue for damages.
Louisiana
Defamation

Church Board Guilty of Defamation Member access only

Pastor able to sue board for false accusations.
Kentucky
Clergy - Removal; Employment Practices

Seminary Professor Unable to Sue for Racial Discrimination Member access only

Ministerial exemption keeps court from getting involved in discrimination claims.
Texas
Clergy - Removal; Employment Practices

Ministerial Exemption Prevents Court from Resolving Lawsuit Member access only

Texas court claims they’re unable to resolve wrongful dismissal claim.

Are We Required to Perform or Host Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies? Member access only

A look at the rights and protections afforded to clergy and churches.

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Essential Guide to Money for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Money for Church Boards  Member access only

Church board members should have a basic understanding of these financial issues.
Medical Emergency Preparation

Medical Emergency Preparation  Member access only

Is your church ready for a medical emergency?