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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

Appellate Court: Age Discrimination Claim Against Church May Proceed Member access only

Lower court instructed to evaluate merits of dismissed employee's lawsuit, suggesting possible vulnerability for churches.
September 2019
Child Abuse Reporting

Victim May Sue Religious School and Its Leaders for Failing to Report Abuse, Court Says

A negligence claim can proceed on evidence that religious leaders failed to follow state reporting laws.
September 2019
Embezzlement

Church Leader Caught in Embezzlement Scheme Goes to Prison Member access only

Lax internal controls can leave any congregation wide open to theft and scandal.
August 2019
Church Membership - Discipline and Removal

Dealing with Disruptive Individuals During Church Member access only

While one court says a restraining order isn’t permissible, other courts are divided on this issue.
August 2019
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Pastor Sentenced to Prison for “Sexting” Member access only

A New Jersey appeals court affirmed the prison sentence of a pastor who engaged in “sexting” and sexual contact with 14-year-old-girl.
May/June 2019

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Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches

Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches Member access only

Richard Hammar explains how to avoid copyright infringement.
Reducing the Risk

Reducing the Risk Member access only

Keep your church safe from child sexual abuse.