Commandments: Law and Religion Blog
A federal court judge ruled that two Colorado churches do not have to comply with COVID-19 capacity limits or force their congregants to wear masks because that would violate the U.S. Constitution.
"Demkovich v. St. Andrew the Apostle Parish: Exploring the Limits of the Ministerial Exception" Added to Resources
A recent decision from a federal appellate court explores the boundaries of the First Amendment’s ministerial exception to employment laws, specifically about the type of claims a minister can bring.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down a First Amendment decision that is likely to clarify job descriptions for religious employers and their employees.
In this post, we discuss a recent United States Supreme Court decision that may have a significant impact on employers, particularly on religious organizations.
"Confessions, Confidentiality, & the Constitution: A Recent Case on Clergy Exceptions to Mandatory Reporting Laws" Added to Resources
A recent case from Montana demonstrates the complicated interaction of mandatory reporting laws and child protection with the clergy privilege.
As the state begins to reopen, what do churches in Colorado need to do to ensure that they will be ready to hold legal in-person church services during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Can churches accept government funding and still maintain their religious liberty? The short answer is “yes.” This post will discuss the law, concerns, and give guidance on how to apply.
In a guest article by Derek Schroeder of Schroeder Law, he gives a brief overview of the federal immigration laws applying to religious organizations. This includes dealing with the alphabet of Visas, prohibitions, and requirements found in the Immigration and Nationality Act and its attendant regulations.
Can the Government Force Churches to Cancel Services Because of Coronavirus?: Some Options for What to Do
To curb the spread of the COVID-19, many states have banned large gatherings. What does this mean for churches? Can the government force churches to cancel services? What are the legal consequences if churches refuse?
"The EEOC Backs Off its Policy Against Mandatory Arbitration for Employment Disputes" Added to Resources
The EEOC abandoned its policy disfavoring mandatory arbitration for employment disputes. The new policy is now consistent with current case law. This post addresses what employers need to know.