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Church Employment Issues That Lead to Litigation

Notable court decisions about common employment disputes.

Church Employment Issues That Lead to Litigation
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Employment law contains many issues unique to churches. To help church leaders navigate this thorny and sometimes difficult area of law, attorney and CPA Frank Sommerville created a special series covering four key angles. Along with offering many best practices, Sommerville’s series aims to help churches gain and maintain compliance with labor and tax laws.

To dig a bit deeper, this Recommended Reading page highlights significant Legal Developments. In them, I analyze key court decisions with implications for churches as employers. Use these real-life examples to prevent potential problems—or to navigate if one should arise.

Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • August 10, 2021