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Church Law & Tax Report

March/April 2015
Articles with a Member Access Only are available only to members.

Feature Article

Mastering Reference Checks for Churches

Mastering Reference Checks for Churches Member access only

Addressing 15 common questions to reduce ministry vulnerabilities.


Court Dismisses Atheist Challenge to Filing Exemptions for Churches Member access only

Judge cites federal appeals court’s rejection of housing allowance challenge.

Recent Developments

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

Sexual Abuse Screenings and Liability Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Failed Shooter Prevention and Fault Member access only

Employment Practices

The ADA and Church Hiring Member access only

A church may be liable for discriminatory termination, but not for failing to implement reasonable accommodations since it was the plaintiff's responsibility to suggest accommodations which he failed to do.


Q&A: The Risks of Taking Social Security Early Member access only

Is there any way to reverse a previous decision to receive early benefits?