Recent Developments

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Fired Transgender Employee Could Sue for Employment Discrimination Member access only

Employment Practices

Pastor Who Embezzled Must Make Restitution Member access only

Embezzlement

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

Confidential and Privileged Communications

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

Confidential and Privileged Communications

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

Church Business Meetings

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

Child Abuse Reporting

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

Church Business Meetings

Church Not Obligated to Return Undesignated Contributions Member access only

Charitable Contributions

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

Taxation - Church Property

IRS Wins Ruling Against Church for Misclassifying Employees Member access only

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

Retirement Plans

Church Not Responsible for Pedestrian Accident Near Premises Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

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

Employment Practices

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

Church Property

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

Workers Compensation

Property Tax Exemption Does Not Apply to Municipal Special Assessment Member access only

Taxation - Church Property

Member Injured in Tug of War Assumed Risk of "Common" Consequences Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Institution Has Duty to Protect Others from Foreseeable Violence Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Murder Suspect's Statements to Church Employee Not Privileged Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Michigan Court Barred by Ecclesiastical Abstention in Employment Case Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal
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Understanding Labor Laws

Understanding Labor Laws Member access only

Regulations that pertain to hiring, firing, paying, disciplining, and supervising ministry employees.
Church Board Guide to Developing a Risk Management Strategy

Church Board Guide to Developing a Risk Management Strategy Member access only

Learn how to develop and implement a risk management strategy in your church.