Commandments: Law and Religion Blog

A recent decision from a federal court in Texas explores the application of employment discrimination laws to religious employers as well as to sex-specific bathrooms and dress codes in the workplace.

A court ruled that a Catholic School discriminated based on sex by firing a male teacher who publicly announced he was engaged to his boyfriend. What are the implications for ministries?

This post discusses child suicide, the general risk factors, the particular impact of COVID–19, how organizations can respond to at–risk children and families, and how organizations can address trauma in responders.

If churches discuss sex abuse allegations publicly, are they liable for defamation claims? Maybe, but there are some defenses, as a recent Texas case held.

A multi-chapter resource explains that a vital aspect of child protection policies and procedures is effective record-keeping. This two-part series recommends practices for effective documentation of child protection matters.

A vital aspect of child protection policies and procedures is effective record-keeping. This two- part series recommends practices for effective documentation of child protection matters. 

A recent opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that the Ministerial Exception of the First Amendment applies to wage and hour laws. This issue has significant implications for churches and ministries.

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.

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.