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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Negligent Selection

Volume 3 . Chapter 8, Part 1 . § 8-05

One of the most significant legal risks facing churches is negligent selection. The term negligence means carelessness or a failure to exercise reasonable care. Negligent selection, then, means carelessness or a failure to exercise reasonable care in the selection of a worker. Negligent selection claims can arise any time that a church's failure to exercise reasonable care in the selection of an employee or volunteer leads to a foreseeable injury. This topic is addressed fully in Chapter 10 (Volume 4) of Pastor, Church & Law, 4th edition.

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