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New Overtime Regulations

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its anticipated final rule to the Federal Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) overtime regulations on salary thresholds for exempting white collar workers subject to the duties test (executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees) and highly compensated employees (“HCE”). The new rule more than doubles the salary level....

Written by Church Law Group  |  Category: Main Articles, Church Employment, Executive Compensation, General, Tax-Exemption

Federal food stamp fraud charges could topple Warren Jeffs polygamous Utah sect

Warren Jeffs, the leader of the polygamist sect on the Utah-Arizona border, is currently serving a life sentence for child rape. The self-described “prophet” is...

Written by Church Law Group  |  Category: Main Articles, General, Tax-Exemption

IRS announces update in procedures relating to Employment Tax Examinations of Churches

The IRS recently announced that IRS 7611 procedures apply to employment tax inquiries. Section 7611 sets forth detailed procedures that must be followed and special limitations on how the IRS.

Written by Church Law Group  |  Category: Church Employment, General, Governance, Tax-Exemption

Internal Revenue Service Withdraws Proposed Gift Substantiation Regulations

In response to significant public concern about the IRS collecting and maintaining taxpayer identification numbers of donors, the IRS has withdrawn its proposed regulations

Written by Church Law Group  |  Category: Main Articles, General, Tax-Exemption

Seventh Circuit Rejects Minister Housing Allowance Challenge on Standing Grounds, But . . .

Earlier this month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Lew, the Foundation's constitutional challenge...

A Win for Religious Liberty: School Reverses Ban on Christian Club

A New York high school reversed its decision to ban Christian students from forming a club under the threat of a federal discrimination lawsuit.

Written by Church Law Group  |  Category: Main Articles, General, Tax-Exemption

New York State Government to Farmers: Host Same-Sex Wedding or Pay a $13,000 Fine

Should the government be able to coerce a family farm into hosting a same-sex wedding?

Written by Church Law Group  |  Category: Main Articles, General

Mosul’s Christians recount flight from historic home under ISIS threat

“People say it would be easy to become a Muslim, but my religion is everything I now have -- why would I give that up?" one said. “I would die first.”

Written by Church Law Group  |  Category: Main Articles, Church Security, General

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