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Friday, 14 August 2015 19:13

Monkey BusinessThe United States Supreme Court recently declared in Obergefell v. Hodges that all states must recognize same-sex unions to the same extent as traditional marriages. What does it say and not say about "marriage equality" and what should concerned religious organizations do next? Read More→

The Difficult ChildCan Your School Handle it if Your Child’s Disability is Mental Illness? Your school may or may not be prepared to cope. Here are six issues to watch out for.

Iceberg ReportingIf the alleged abuse happened in a country where reporting protocol is not established—or you have a multi-jurisdictional nightmare—or abuse that is historic—it may not be clear whether and how to report. All reports must be made in good faith, and reports in unusual situations may not provide you with the usual statutory immunity. Read More→

The Christian Lawyer magazine"Although allegations of leadership misconduct are one of the hardest things for ministries to handle, they offer a great opportunity to seek truth and justice and to minister to people."

Link to the pdf of the Imprint from the official publication of the Christian Legal Society, The Christian Lawyer, Summer 2015 issue ... Read More →

PredatorThe State of Minnesota filed criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The charge was six counts of a gross misdemeanor criminal complaint, for putting children at risk in various ways. What lessons should organizations gather from this criminal complaint?

Vulnerable ChildTelios Law represents a family that has sued El Paso County Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Executive Director of Colorado DHS for injunctive relief that . . .

The Colorado Lawyer cover"Balancing positive rights of free exercise between employers and employees may create some ongoing tension, but a number of cases give guidance on seeking a balance and some general principles."

Link to the pdf of the Imprint from the official publication of the Colorado Bar AssociationThe Colorado Lawyer, June 2015 | Vol. 44 No. 62 ...Read More →

Talking about Church DisciplineChurches and other religious organizations often ask what can be said about members or employees who are being disciplined. If an employee or member is being dismissed, can other members know why? The answer may be yes—but it’s risky.

 

Child Abuse AllegationsIn a perfect world, no one would file reports of child abuse unless they were really true. But it happens all the time—in fact, most of the reports that go to the Department of Human Services are false. What should you do if a DHS caseworker shows up at your door?

Wouldn't it be great to have a tax-free savings plan for a person with disabilities? This  may be coming soon to a state near you (not quite yet to Colorado). Congress has passed a law allowing Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts, which are tax-free accounts for individuals with disabilities, to which other people can make contributions. A friend of mine, Constance Smith, has written about this here.

Update in June 2015: Ms. Smith adds that these accounts are now available in Colorado, here.

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