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Four Key Employee Issues Unique to Churches—and How to Navigate Them

How the ministerial exception, job descriptions, internships, and employee handbooks can make your ministry sink or swim.

Four Key Employee Issues Unique to Churches—and How to Navigate Them
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Churches often lack clarity and fail to comply with applicable law in four areas related to employment. Attorney Frank Sommerville takes an in-depth look at each area with the goal of giving greater clarity, encouraging tax and labor law compliance, and detailing best practices.

For additional reading beyond this series, see Richard Hammar's analyses of notable court decisions about common employment disputes.

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