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Category Archives: Liability

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New Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law in Virginia: Ramifications for Religious Employers and Others

By Simms Showers LLP |

New Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law in Virginia: Ramifications for Religious Employers and Others By William R. Thetford, Esq. and H. Robert Showers, Esq. Last Updated: August 25, 2020 The legislative session of 2020 has radically transformed the legal climate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This article analyzes the controversial Virginia Values Act… Read More »

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Investigate

How to Investigate a Sexual Harassment Allegation

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How to Investigate a Sexual Harassment Allegation Seven steps to take when an allegation arises—and when outside help may prove wisest. By William R. Thetford Jr. Esq. and H. Robert Showers Esq. Every church should have a carefully crafted and legally sound policy to address sexual harassment. Such a policy can help guide and protect… Read More »

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Crafting Policy

Seven Steps for Creating an Effective Sexual Harassment Policy

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Seven Steps for Creating an Effective Sexual Harassment Policy By William R. Thetford Jr. Esq. and H. Robert Showers Esq. Updated July 1, 2020 A carefully crafted policy not only can provide protection for all involved, but also can serve as a deterrent. The #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements have captured headlines and national attention in recent… Read More »

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What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You: Myths and Misconceptions About Church/Nonprofit Employment Liability

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Lawsuits alleging wrongful employment practices are the fastest-growing area of civil litigation today. In fact, according to church and non-profit insurers, well over half of the claims annually stem from employment problems such as wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, disability, or other employment related claims.  Unfortunately, many churches and nonprofits are unaware or treat… Read More »

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Church Third Party Use Agreements: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

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Renting or allowing use of church and ministry facilities has many new added risks:  child abuse liability, unwanted purposes (same sex marriages) or activities on premises (illegal or risky), liability that is not covered by insurance or renters’ indemnity, and getting dragged into court by renter/user for some unforeseen offense. The optimum “Church Facilities… Read More »

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