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New Guidance from the Department of Justice on Protecting Religious Liberty in the USA

In a pair of memos initiated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued extensive new guidance on protecting religious liberty in the United States. The first memo directed to all federal executive departments and agencies lays out 20 guiding principles which these administrative agencies and executive departments will now […]

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Wisconsin Federal District Court Rules Minister’s Housing Allowance Unconstitutional

This decision does not come as a surprise as the same judge issued a similar ruling back in 2013, though the case was later dismissed by a higher appeals court on the technical grounds of standing. In her latest ruling, Judge Barbara Crabb indicated that she “…adhere(s) to my earlier conclusion that [the minister’s housing […]

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Understanding Employee vs. Contractor Designation

The IRS recently issued an updated fact sheet reminding employers of the importance of correctly classifying workers for purposes of employment taxes. Generally, employers must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay social security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to employees. Whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor […]

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Supreme Court Upholds ERISA Exemption for Church-Affiliated Pension Plans

The U.S. Supreme Court, in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, SCt., June 5, 2017, has held the position that a defined benefit plan maintained by a principal-purpose organization, controlled by or associated with a church for the administration or funding of a plan for the church’s employees, qualifies as a “church plan,” regardless of […]

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