On February 28, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2015-17, providing temporary transitional relief for employers that offer pre-tax reimbursement or payment of premiums, deductibles, and co-payments to multiple employees for their individual health individual
Are campus ministries exempt from anti-discrimination employment laws, with respect to their religious leaders? The federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has emphatically said, “Yes.” Its decision expands application of the “ministerial exception” doctrine that protects faith-based organizations from certain discrimination claims. The decision also raises important questions concerning judicial application of the doctrine.
1. Background to the “ministerial exception” – religious exemptions from certain discrimination laws.
Most issues within churches and other religious institutions typically stay within such organizations as their own business. But what happens when a pastor or other spiritual leader engages in misconduct or otherwise demonstrates unfitness for such religious leadership? May the religious organization’s governing leaders share these shortcomings with others?