January 01, 2016

General Employment Law for Religious Organizations

Ann T. Stillman

From Guide to Representing Religious Organization, Chapter 5, published by the Section of Business Law.


I. Introduction

Religious organizations, like other employers, are regularly being thrust into costly and time-consuming employment disputes. These disputes can result from many factors, including 1) an ignorance or a misunderstanding of employment law, 2) limited funds, 3) leniency towards issues until a “problem” arises, and 4) inadequate staffing. The importance of religious organizations understanding and appropriately applying employment law principles cannot be overemphasized. Educating supervisors about employment law, and its application to churches and other religious organizations, can help avoid such disputes by eliminating one of the factors that can lead to disputes.

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