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Church LawEpisode 12|25 min|March 22, 2022

HR Matters for Churches, with guest employment attorney Tiffany Releford, Esq.

Why legal issues related to employees deserve top consideration.     

HR Matters for Churches, with guest employment attorney Tiffany Releford, Esq.

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Whether you’re a church with one employee or a hundred, you need to be prepared for employment issues. That’s because these issues frequently lead to legal concerns for churches. Questions abound about whether to hire a certain candidate, conduct background screening on employees and volunteers, fire someone, or offer severance, among other things. Then there are myriad issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, and what work looks like with the virus now part of daily reality.

In short, every church needs to be prepared for HR matters.

In this episode, Erika is joined by Tiffany Releford, a partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, who focuses her practice on labor and employment law representing large and small organizations, including nonprofits.

Show Notes

Four Key Employee Issues Unique to Churches—and How to Navigate Them,” by attorney Frank Sommerville

Church Employment Issues that Lead to Litigation,” by attorney and senior editor Richard R. Hammar

ChurchLawAndTax.com’s Legal Library section on Employment (also found in Chapter 8 of attorney and senior editor Richard R. Hammar’s Pastor, Church & Law, Fifth Edition)

Tiffany Releford

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Erika E. Cole, Esq., known as The Church Attorney®, is one of only a handful of attorneys in the nation who practices exclusively in the area of church law. She currently serves as a senior editorial advisor for Christianity Today’s ChurchLawAndTax.com.

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