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

Introduction: Selection of Employees

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Churches don't generally think of themselves as employers. But most are. In addition to a minister, they may employ a secretary, custodian, bookkeeper, music director, counselor, or business administrator. As an employer, is the church subject to the same legal obligations that apply to secular employers? Do you know what employer-employee issues are protected by the First Amendment guaranty of religious freedom, and which ones are not? Never has it been more important to know your church's legal responsibility towards your employees than now. Why? Because employment related litigation is consistently one of the main reasons that churches end up in court.

Avoiding employment litigation begins with the selection of employees. Here's a quick look at what you need to know about hiring new employees at your church:

New Hire Reporting —Employers, including churches, must report all new hires ...

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