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Setting salary and benefits

Compensation: Handle with Care

Compensation: Handle with Care Member access only

Failure to correctly document compensation packages can lead to issues at the state and federal levels.
Church Staff Salaries: Better Private or Public?

Church Staff Salaries: Better Private or Public? Member access only

Balancing transparency and accountability with privacy is key—but no easy task.
Can Churches Assist with Medicare Premiums for Eligible Employees?

Can Churches Assist with Medicare Premiums for Eligible Employees? Member access only

There are specific rules and other qualifying factors churches must understand.
Churches and Faith-Based Organizations May Apply for CARES Act Loans

Churches and Faith-Based Organizations May Apply for CARES Act Loans

New SBA guidance issued at 11 p.m. on April 3 clarifies eligibility after initial confusion.
Is Your Church Paying Fair Salaries?

Is Your Church Paying Fair Salaries?

Attracting and keeping quality employees while practicing good stewardship.
The Financial Struggles of Real Pastors

The Financial Struggles of Real Pastors

Most pastors feel the financial squeeze, despite the hype surrounding mega-rich celebrity pastors. "Bless Your Pastor" is one way congregations can respond.
Atheist Organization Opts Not to Appeal Housing Allowance Ruling

Atheist Organization Opts Not to Appeal Housing Allowance Ruling

Group says its arguments hold merit, but success at Supreme Court unlikely.
Q&A: How Do We Handle Payroll and Benefits for an Employee with Dual Roles?

Q&A: How Do We Handle Payroll and Benefits for an Employee with Dual Roles? Member access only

When nonexempt employees split their time between the two parts, overtime can occur.
Q&A: Is Our Church’s Overall Budget for Salaries Too High?

Q&A: Is Our Church’s Overall Budget for Salaries Too High?

Excessive compensation is based on individual pay, not on the total amount budgeted for staff.
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Court Barred by First Amendment from Resolving a Dismissed Minister’s Terminated Retirement Benefits Member access only

The court concluded that the plaintiff "sought review of the procedures that resulted in ecclesiastical decisions and necessitated a review of religious law and practice, which is exactly the inquiry that the First Amendment prohibits civil courts from undertaking."

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