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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
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Pastor’s Multiple Acts of Sexual Misconduct Not Necessarily Protected by First Amendment Subscriber access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Court affirmed Youth Pastor’s 40-year Sentence for predatory sexual assault Subscriber access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Six-Year Sentence for Youth Pastor Who Engaged in Sexting Subscriber access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

A Church Could Be Liable for Negligent Hiring and Supervision Subscriber access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Fired Employee Can Sue for Pregnancy Discrimination

Employment Practices

Fired Transgender Employee Could Sue for Employment Discrimination Subscriber access only

Employment Practices

Pastor Who Embezzled Must Make Restitution Subscriber access only

Embezzlement

Clergy-Penitent Privilege Not Applicable to a Conversation with a Church Elder Subscriber access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Compelling Priest to Disclose Confidential Information Violated Religious Freedom Restoration Act Subscriber access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

“Church Autonomy” Applies in Church Name Dispute Subscriber access only

Church Business Meetings

What Can Happen When Childcare Facilities Fail to Report Abuse? Subscriber access only

Child Abuse Reporting

Decision Reinforces When Courts Can—or Can't—Resolve Church Bylaws Disputes Subscriber access only

Church Business Meetings

Church Not Obligated to Return Undesignated Contributions Subscriber access only

Charitable Contributions

Church Forced to Pay Taxes for Converted Building Due to Assessment Date Subscriber access only

Taxation - Church Property

IRS Wins Ruling Against Church for Misclassifying Employees Subscriber access only

Appeals Court Barred by First Amendment for Minister’s Terminated Retirement Benefits Subscriber access only

Retirement Plans

Church Not Responsible for Pedestrian Accident Near Premises Subscriber access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

'Ecclesiastical Abstention' Fails to Prevent School Employee's Discrimination Lawsuit Subscriber access only

Employment Practices

Episcopal Diocese Wins Property Case in Breakaway Parish Movement Subscriber access only

Church Property

Workers' Compensation Sole Remedy for Sexually Assaulted Employee Subscriber access only

Workers Compensation
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Setting a Pastor's Pay

Setting a Pastor's Pay Subscriber access only

Richard Hammar explains legal and tax matters for planning the pastors compensation.
Safety On the Road

Safety On the Road  Subscriber access only

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