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What Church Leaders Need to Know About Copyright Law When Streaming Services Online

What Church Leaders Need to Know About Copyright Law When Streaming Services Online

By | Church

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most churches have been streaming services online in order to continue to minister to their congregations. Some churches live-stream their services on their Facebook pages or post their services there after the live event. Since many services use copyrighted worship music and lyrics — either through public platforms like YouTube assuming their right to use the material falls under “fair use” law, or by having a licensing agreement with entities like Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), Christian Video Licensing International (CVLI), or Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS) — churches may assume they are protected. But this is not always the case. Read More

Has Your Church Been Sued? Legal Defenses to Liability for Churches

Has Your Church Been Sued? Legal Defenses to Liability for Churches

By | Church

If your church has been served with a lawsuit, there are a number of legal defenses that may be raised to defend against the suit. These legal defenses are categorized as either negative defenses, where a legal claim may be defeated by disproving key elements of the case, or as affirmative defenses, where the underlying cause of the claim may be true but the defendant is not responsible. Read More

What Should Your Church or Ministry Know About Employees Who Work Remotely?

What Should Your Church or Ministry Know About Remote Workers?

By | Church

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a boom in remote workers for many churches, an arrangement that may remain in place for an unspecified period of time. Until the time comes when it is safe for church employees to return to work, employers need to either update their existing employment policies or devise new remote work policies for employees unable to return to work due to health or safety concerns. Read More

What are the Rules for Service or Emotional Support Animals at Church Services or Events?

What are the Rules for Service or Emotional Support Animals at Church Services or Events?

By | Church

Since churches and ministries are exempt from Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), they are typically not required to allow service or emotional animals on their premises. However, if a church or ministry wishes to accommodate service or emotional support animals, it is always best to do so via a written policy that is communicated to all congregants. Read More

The Importance of Waivers and Consents for Churches and Nonprofits

By | Church, Nonprofit

In Arizona, liability waivers are considered to be legally enforceable contracts in which participants in an event or activity assume the risk for potential injury. However, liability waivers only protect organizations from incidents that arise from ordinary negligence; waivers do not protect Arizona nonprofits from gross negligence, which is generally defined as “the lack of any care or an extreme departure from what a reasonably careful person would do in the same situation to prevent harm to oneself or to others.” Read More

Should Your Ministry Have an Employee Handbook?

Should Your Ministry Have an Employee Handbook?

By | Church

If your ministry has employees to help it carry out its mission, an employee handbook is an essential tool for helping your ministry manage its workforce as well as protect the organization in case of employment litigation. The more employees you have, the greater the need for an employee handbook. “Unwritten rules,” even long-standing ones, are always subject to question if you wind up in court. Read More