On Jan. 11, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in a significant church employment dispute, giving religious organizations wide latitude in hiring and firing clergy and other employees who perform religious duties. In its unanimous decision, the high court explicitly recognized a legal doctrine known as the “ministerial exception.”
The case, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
involved the dismissal of a teacher at a Lutheran school in Michigan
who performed both secular and religious duties. The teacher argued that
she had been fired in violation of laws protecting people with
disabilities. Specifically, she claimed that the religious school had
retaliated against her for asserting her rights under the Americans with
Disabilities Act. But the high court ruled that the ministerial
exception trumps anti-discrimination laws. “The interest of society in
the enforcement of employment discrimination statutes is undoubtedly
important,” Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. wrote for the court. “But so
too is the interest of religious groups in choosing who will preach
their beliefs, teach their faith, and carry out their mission.” Read more....
January 13, 2012
January 05, 2012
Directors and officers must exercise reasonable inquiry, skill and diligence in performing their duties and must have a reasonable basis for their reliance on any information provided them. If it is determined that officers or directors of a nonprofit corporation have not fulfilled their fiduciary duties with respect to the management of the organization, creditors may be able to hold the directors personally liable for the nonprofit’s debts. Read more....
January 02, 2012
Presenter: Linda Buck, CSJ is a Sister of St. Joseph of Orange. She is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and holds a Master’s degree from Pepperdine University in Clinical Psychology. She is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University and a Certified Spiritual Director. Linda provides workshops and retreats focusing on the integration of spirituality and psychology.