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Pastor, Church & Law

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

Legal Briefs

Volume 3 . Chapter 8, Part 3

Congress has enacted a variety of employment and civil rights laws, including:

Congress enacted all of these laws under its constitutional authority to regulate interstate commerce. Is a church engaged in a business, industry, or activity affecting commerce? Maybe yes, maybe no. Churches can be exposed to substantial liability if they mistakenly assume that they are not subject to federal employment laws because they do not meet the commerce requirement.

Some federal civil rights and employment laws apply only to employers having a minimum number of employees. You'll want to be sure you understand the determining factors in whether or not your church is held to the federal requirements for these civil rights laws.

And don't be lulled into thinking ...

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