Nonprofit employees are often motivated not only by a paycheck, but by a passion for the organization that employs them. Such employees may feel inspired to contribute to their organization outside of their normal working day, in a volunteer capacity. Although these arrangements can benefit all involved, employers must approach them with caution. When certain conditions are not met, even employees who freely volunteer their time may be considered to be “working” and therefore entitled by law to a paycheck. Read this article before you let employees “volunteer” for your nonprofit.
Nonprofits cannot survive without the help of volunteers, but they should be aware of and plan for the possible legal risks of working with volunteers. In this encore presentation of a popular workshop, our speaker discusses those risks and then give practical advice about ways to minimize them.
Topics to be covered include:
• Volunteer screening and background checks,
• workplace safety, and
• volunteer policies and procedures.
Presenter: Rebecca Shanlever, Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP
Volunteers take on certain responsibilities when they agree to assist a nonprofit. Learn about the risks of volunteering, protection for volunteers and how a volunteer’s actions can affect your nonprofit.
If there is a risk that volunteers might get injured while working for your organization, it’s a good idea to have them sign a waiver of liability to protect the organization. Such waivers are generally enforceable in Georgia. While this article focuses on the law in Washington, DC and surrounding areas, it includes helpful information for all nonprofits working with volunteers.
Please note that in addition to the legal disclaimer above, this article contains information that is based, in whole or in part, on the laws of the District of Columbia. As a result, the information may not be appropriate for organizations operating outside the District of Columbia.
If you’re working with volunteers you may not even be aware of the legal issues that exist. Problems can arise with injuries, use of vehicles, screening, and wage & hour laws that you should know about in advance.