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Pastor Who Embezzled Must Make Restitution Member access only


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

Church Property

Court Rules Workers’ Compensation Insurance Is Exclusive Benefit for Job-Related Injuries

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities; Workers Compensation

Restrictive Provision in Churches’ Charitable Trust Can Be Expanded to Allow Additional Investments  Member access only

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Student Successfully Appeals Lawsuit Against Synagogue for Injuries Sustained During Study Abroad Program Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Court Rules Venue Owners Violated Discrimination Laws by Refusing to Host Same-Sex Wedding Member access only

Freedom of Religion; Marriage

Court Rules Orthodox Jewish Family Not Eligible for Religious Exemption from State Mandatory Vaccinations Member access only

Freedom of Religion

New York Court Rules Custody and Responsibility of Children Ceases, Even on Property, When Parents Pick Up Their Children Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

The Extent of "Qualified Privilege" and the Legal Consequences of Violating Bylaws Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Defamation

Vaccines over Religious Exercise Member access only

Freedom of Religion

Stock Photos Warning Member access only


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

Taxation - Church Property

Church Not Responsible to Supervise Outside Party Using Premises  Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Meeting to Fire Pastor Was Invalid

Church Business Meetings

Clergy-Penitent Privilege Invalid in Murder Case Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Pastor's Sexual Misconduct Member access only

Incorporated Arbitration Clauses Member access only

Clergy - Removal

Church Not Liable for Molestation  Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Associate Pastor Sues Church for Senior Pastor's Sexual Harassment Member access only

Employment Practices

Minimum Wage and Overtime

Compensation; Compensation and Benefits; Overtime Pay
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Managing Church Facility Use

Managing Church Facility Use Member access only

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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.