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17 Changes Relevant to Churches in Newest Robert’s Rules of Order
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17 Changes Relevant to Churches in Newest Robert’s Rules of Order Member access only

Leaders should note these changes before their next official church business meeting.
Religious Freedom and the Church
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Religious Freedom and the Church

From government mandates to public accommodation laws to employment issues, churches must understand what is and isn't constitutionally protected.
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Getting Your Church Employment Questions Answered Member access only

Attorney and CPA Frank Sommerville addresses some of the most challenging and confusing issues churches face as employers.
Key Tax Dates September 2021
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Key Tax Dates September 2021

Make quarterly estimated payments and meet monthly or semiweekly requirements.
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A Teacher Was Not Barred from Suing a Christian College for Discrimination Member access only

The school could not use the “ministerial exception” as a defense against the suit, says Massachusetts court.
Church Employment Issues That Lead to Litigation
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Church Employment Issues That Lead to Litigation

Notable court decisions about common employment disputes.
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Church Not Responsible for Hayride Injuries Member access only

But this case highlights the need for churches to set up stringent safeguards for inherently risky activities.
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A Fired Pastor’s Defamation Suit Is Dismissed Member access only

Appeals court said the lawsuit was barred due to the “ecclesiastical abstention doctrine.”
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Employee Can Sue Church-Affiliated Organization for Disability Discrimination Member access only

Case demonstrates how churches may be subject to federal or state laws banning discrimination based on disability.
IRS: Churches with Employer Identification Numbers Must Keep Information Current
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IRS: Churches with Employer Identification Numbers Must Keep Information Current

Prompt updates can help avoid unnecessary interest charges and penalties, deter fraudulent activity.