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

Embezzlement

Dealing with Disruptive Individuals During Church Member access only

Church Membership - Discipline and Removal

Church Not Liable for Injuries Sustain by Teen at a Church Youth Event Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Fired Choir Director Can’t Sue Church Because He’s a “Minister” Member access only

Employment Practices

Church Protected by “Qualified Privilege” from Defamation Claims by Minister Member access only

Defamation

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

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

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

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Statute of Limitations Bars Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Judge’s Severe Comments During Youth Pastor’s Trial Ruled Insufficient Grounds to Reverse Conviction Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Incriminating Statements Made to Pastor Not Confidential Due to Public Setting, Retelling to Others Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Lay Bible Study Leader Successfully Invokes Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Author's Identity of Anonymous Letter Not Protected by Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Former Employee of Church School Ineligible for Unemployment Benefits, Rules Illinois Court Member access only

Anonymous Online Posting May Not Safeguard Individuals from Defamation Claims, Disclosure of Identity Member access only

Defamation

Former Scout Leader Sued for Molestation Member access only

Denominations - Legal Liability; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Violating the Americans with Disabilities Act Member access only

Clergy - Removal; Employment Practices

Invasion of Privacy Lawsuit Member access only

Privacy

Overtime Pay for Work-Related Smartphone Use Member access only

Compensation; Employment Practices; Fair Labor Standards Acts; Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

False Accusations Member access only

Defamation

Recent Developments in Illinois Regarding the Taxation of Church Property Member access only

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Church Issues: Waivers and Release Forms and Church Liability

Church Issues: Waivers and Release Forms and Church Liability Member access only

What these documents do—and don't do—based on statutes and court decisions made nationwide.
Your Guide to Employee Handbooks

Your Guide to Employee Handbooks Member access only

If updated regularly, an employee handbook can offer valuable legal protection against civil court claims made by disgruntled staff members.