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Recent Developments

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
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Pastor Who Embezzled Must Make Restitution Subscriber access only


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

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

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

Freedom of Religion; Marriage

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

Freedom of Religion

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

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

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

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Defamation

Vaccines over Religious Exercise Subscriber access only

Freedom of Religion

Stock Photos Warning Subscriber access only


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

Taxation - Church Property

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

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Pastor's Sexual Misconduct Subscriber access only

Incorporated Arbitration Clauses Subscriber access only

Clergy - Removal

Church Not Liable for Molestation  Subscriber access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

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

Employment Practices

Minimum Wage and Overtime

Compensation; Compensation and Benefits; Overtime Pay
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Dealing with Dangerous People

Dealing with Dangerous People Subscriber access only

This resource goes through safety measures to ward off dangerous individuals from entering your church.
Church Governance

Church Governance Subscriber access only

What leaders must know to conduct legally sound church business