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Some Pointers on General Employment Law for Churches and Religious Organizations

Religious organizations, including churches, can sometimes find themselves being thrust into costly and time-consuming employment disputes. This month we will be offering a couple of seminars on employment related issues that I think you will find very useful in helping you both stay aware of recent changes, and also their impact on your ministry. The […]

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403(b) Type Retirement Plans

One of the advantages of plans that offer salary deferrals to their employees under Internal Code Section 403(b) is that they are not subject to the nondiscrimination testing requirements of 401(k) plans. Instead, 403(b) plans must comply with the universal availability requirements. With few exceptions, plan sponsors must provide all employees the opportunity to defer […]

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Tax Reform Plans Continuing to be Discussed in Washington

Plans were recently unveiled by the House of Representatives to reform the federal tax code. While the primary goal(s) of the proposed legislation appears to be one of lowering tax rates and making the overall tax code simpler and fairer for families and businesses, there are a number of items in the proposed legislation that […]

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Government Files Latest Brief in Response to Clergy Housing Challenge

The lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) challenging the housing exclusion currently afforded clergy under federal law proceeded this month, as the federal government filed a legal response brief in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals defending the constitutionality of the law, and arguing that FFRF lacks legal standing to bring the case. […]

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