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Pastor, Church & Law

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

Legal Briefs

Volume 3 . Chapter 8, Part 5

Here are a variety of miscellaneous issues that may affect you and your church:

National Labor Relations Act

The National Labor Relations Act gives employees the legal right to form labor unions. Some religious organizations are exempt from the provisions of this law.

Reference letters

A reference letter evaluates the qualifications and suitability of a person for a particular position. Churches, like other employers, often use reference letters to screen new employees and volunteers. Churches often are asked to provide reference letters on current or former workers. The law generally provides employers with important protections when responding to a reference letter request. However, liability may still arise in some cases, such as if the employer ...

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Starting a Disaster Response Ministry

Starting a Disaster Response Ministry Subscriber access only

Safely and effectively serve people whose lives have been overturned by a disaster.
Essential Guide to Employment Issues for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Employment Issues for Church Boards Subscriber access only

Covers selection and screening, dispute resolution, terminations, discrimination, and minimum wage.