Legal

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Background Check Questions

Things to consider if you plan on doing a background check on a potential employee.

Background Check Questions

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Employment Application

Employment Application

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Employment Laws Affecting Congregations

Employment Laws Affecting Congregations

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Employment Posters on Rights and Obligations

Certain federal laws require that places of employment display posters explaining employee and employer rights and obligations.

Employment Posters on Rights and Obligations

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Handling Terminations

Handling Terminations

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Independent Contractor vs Employee

Independent Contractor vs Employee

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Information on Hiring Employees

Information on Hiring Employees

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Preventing Workplace Discrimination

Preventing Workplace Discrimination

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Reference Check Form

A sample reference request form for volunteers and employees who will work with children.

Reference Check Form

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Screening and Hiring Employees

Things to consider when screening and hiring a potential employee.

Screening and Hiring Employees

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Security Procedures in the Workplace

Security Procedures in the Workplace

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Volunteer Application Form

A sample volunteer application for volunteers who will be working with children and youth.

Volunteer Application Form

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Finacial Best Practices for Congregations

Finacial Best Practices for Congregations

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Accepting Restricted Gifts

Treasurers, financial secretaries and stewardship committees can provide valuable assistance when congregations consider soliciting or accepting funds in support of specific projects or programs.

Accepting Restricted Gifts

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Business Ethics Information

Business Ethics Information

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Confidentiality Information

Confidentiality Information

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Financial Records Management

As you set about preserving information for future reference, plan for the entire life cycle of the records you are creating.

Financial Records Management

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Fraud Issues

Ways to protect congregations from fraud.

Fraud Issues

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Good Samaritan Fund and Helping Hands Fund

Many congregations seek to provide funds to help needy persons in the congregation or community. Adopting a Helping Hands/Good Samaritan Policy may be the best approach when deciding how to provide assistance.

Good Samaritan Fund and Helping Hands Fund

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Issues Related to Cellular Towers

Issues Related to Cellular Towers

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Legal Separate Incorporation

Organizations that share the same building as a congregation may consider separate incorporation and this document explains the issues involved.

Legal Separate Incorporation

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Sample Congregation Ethics Policy

A sample business ethics policy for congregations.

Sample Congregation Ethics Policy

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Sample Congregation Ethics Policy

A sample business ethics policy for congregations.

Sample Congregation Ethics Policy

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Sample Synod Ethics Policy

A sample business ethics policy for synods.

Sample Synod Ethics Policy

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Sample Synod Ethics Policy

A sample business ethics policy for synods.

Sample Synod Ethics Policy

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Amending Constitutions

Amending Constitutions

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Computers and Internet

A sample computer and internet policy for congregations.

Computers and Internet

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Copyright Issues

Information about the use of copyrighted material in congregations.

Copyright Issues

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Copyright Issues

An article from The Lutheran Magazine about copyright laws and the church.

Copyright Issues

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Parlimentary Procedure

A chart was prepared to explain how motions work so a congregation or synod meeting will be properly run.

Parlimentary Procedure

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Synod Business Ethics

An explaination about business ethics in a synodical setting.

Synod Business Ethics

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Vehicles Use

Problems that can occur when transporting a group of people, and how you can help avoid them.

Vehicles Use

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Building Use Agreement

A sample policy for congregations on the use of church property by other individuals and organizations.

Building Use Agreement

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Building Use Agreement

A sample policy for congregations on the use of church property by other individuals and organizations.

Building Use Agreement

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Buildings and Property Information

Buildings and Property Information

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Sample Cellular Tower Lease

A sample cellular tower lease agreement for congregations.

Sample Cellular Tower Lease

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Clergy Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Resources

Clergy Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Resources

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Congregations Healing After Clergy Sexual Abuse

Congregations Healing After Clergy Sexual Abuse

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Responding to Sexual Abuse in the Church

Responding to Sexual Abuse in the Church

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Preventing Sexual Misconduct in Congregations

Preventing Sexual Misconduct in Congregations

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Reporting Abuse

Reporting Abuse

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Responding to Sex Offender in a Congregation

Responding to Sex Offender in a Congregation

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Preventing Clergy Sexual Abuse Not in My Pew Article

Preventing Clergy Sexual Abuse Not in My Pew Article

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Sample Misconduct Preventions Policy

A sample sexual misconduct policy for congregations.

Sample Misconduct Preventions Policy

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Endorsing Third Party Products

Endorsing Third Party Products

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Group Ruling Form for Affiliated Entities

Group Ruling Form for Affiliated Entities

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Group Ruling Form for Congregation Related Organizations

Group Ruling Form for Congregation Related Organizations

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Group Ruling Form for Congregations

Group Ruling Form for Congregations

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Political Activity and Tax Status

Political Activity and Tax Status

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Tax Information for Congregations

Tax Information for Congregations

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Tax Information for Donors and Clergy

Tax Information for Donors and Clergy

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Tax Status

Answers to questions about tax status and exemptions for congregations.

Tax Status

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Taxation on Rental Property

Taxation on Rental Property

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