All posts from “lawsuits”

Church Management Roundup: 8.11.14

August 11, 2014 8:00 AM

1. A newcomer to the top five church litigation cases. Religious freedom has nudged its way into the top five reasons churches end up in court. This stat appears in a new infographic detailing the top reasons churches have...

Monday Church Management Roundup: 7/14/14

July 14, 2014 8:00 AM

1. Pay-related lawsuits on record-setting pace. The number of federal pay-related lawsuits will set a record again this year, following an all-time high 8,126 cases from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014. The number of actions filed under the...

Five Legal Pitfalls Churches Continually Face

November 14, 2013 8:00 AM

Each year I review 12,000 published and unpublished rulings by state appellate and federal courts pertaining to religious organizations. Based on my case analysis from 2012, churches wound up in court for the following five reasons: Zoning (5.4 percent...

Q&A: Should a Church Set Up a Cash Reserve for Legal Expenses?

September 24, 2013 8:00 AM

Q: Should our church have a reserve set up to help fund a defense effort if we're ever sued? This money would help pay legal expenses, church administrative costs to assist with discovery and other needs, and possibly even...

Addressing Transportation Risks with Youth Groups

June 4, 2013 8:00 AM

This video, the third in a series by Richard Hammar on six legal risks for church youth pastors, describes the threats of distracted driving, the use of inexperienced drivers, and the legal liabilities churches may assume by not fully knowing...

Transgender Activities in Churches

March 7, 2013 8:00 AM

A news story involving a Colorado family's battle with a school district has garnered national attention after a school in the district said the family's six-year-old boy, who believes he is a girl, can use a clinic bathroom or a...

Risqué Texts are a Legal Risk for Youth Ministers

February 7, 2013 8:00 AM

This video, the first in a series by Richard Hammar on six legal risks for church youth pastors, describes a new concern for churches: Recent cases of youth ministers "sexting" with youth group members. View this entire video series on...

Establishing an Arbitration Policy for Church Staff Disputes

January 15, 2013 8:00 AM

This article is taken from Richard Hammar’s Essential Guide to Employment Issues for Church Boards eBook. For this eBook and other cutting-edge eBooks for church staffs, boards, and clergy, view our online catalog. Disputes occasionally arise between church employees,...

Building a Culture of Risk Management

September 25, 2012 8:00 AM

Now more than ever before, church leaders must recognize the importance of risk management as an inherent part of organizational oversight and leadership. But what does proper risk management look like, and whose responsibility is it? Many boards assume that...

Report: Penn State Sex Abuse Allegations Arose in 1998

July 12, 2012 3:13 PM

Joe Paterno and other key Penn State officials knew about sex abuse allegations as early as 1998, but actively hushed concerns in fear of repercussions, according to a special investigative team’s report released today. The sweeping independent report notes that...

Rewriting Paterno's Playbook

November 11, 2011 2:05 PM

On November 6, 2011, Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State defensive coordinator, was charged with molesting eight young boys between 1994 and 2009. Although he retired from Penn State’s football staff in 1999, he continued to use the school’s facilities...

'Most Significant Religious Case in 20 Years'

July 13, 2011 8:00 AM

A news article from the July edition of Christianity Today covers the U.S. Supreme Court's April decision to accept a teacher's appeal regarding an unfair firing claim against a Michigan elementary school run by a church. At stake: How...

How to Manage Risk at Church

June 9, 2011 8:00 AM

David Middlebrook, editorial advisor for ChurchLawAndTax.com and ChurchSafety.com’s “Ask the Expert,” has developed an easy way to understand and develop a risk management plan. Each letter of the word “risk” stands for a step in the process: R –...

What's a Congregation Worth?

April 28, 2011 8:00 AM

As cities and counties continue to eye possible taxes and fees for churches and religious organizations, interesting new research from The University of Pennsylvania's Ram Cnaan examines the economic value of a congregation to its surrounding community. Using information...

Supreme Court Tackles 'Ministerial Exception'

April 21, 2011 8:00 AM

Courts have generally recognized a rule known as the "ministerial exception" when it comes to employment lawsuits in churches. Because of the First Amendment, many judges have considered it inappropriate to rule in these disputes, especially when their rulings may...

Can Social Media Get a Church Sued?

March 8, 2011 8:00 AM

Recent incidents involving alleged misuses of social media in both the public and private sectors have government officials and business executives scrambling to implement social media policies for employees. Church leaders should take the opportunity to do the same...

The Fall-Out from 'Natural Decrease'

March 3, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor's Update (4/26/2011):The Nonprofit Quarterly pointed this morning to a Boston Globe article reporting 40 of the city's largest nonprofits, with property valued at $15 million or more each, have received letters from the city "requesting them to make...

Online Resource for Church Law and Tax Help

February 22, 2011 8:00 AM

We’re pleased to announce the launch of ChurchLawAndTax.com (formerly ChurchLawToday.com). We’ve given the site a fresh, new look to serve church leaders like you even better. You’ll find an updated Archives of the Church Law & Tax Report newsletter through...

8 Resources for Peacefully Resolving Church Conflicts

May 11, 2010 8:00 AM

In our ongoing conversations with church leaders, as well as our collaboration with colleagues at Leadership Journal, OutofUr.com, and BuildingChurchLeaders.com, we know conflict remains one of the biggest detractors from a healthy church office environment. So we're keenly aware...

Lawsuits in the Church

April 20, 2010 7:40 AM

By all accounts, America has become the most litigious society on the face of the earth. In the last decade, civil caseloads have increased by 33 percent, which is five times faster than the increase in our population. As...