Employer advice on voluntary workers

 

There are no employment rights available to volunteers in the genuine sense. For instance, volunteers have been specifically named as being one type of worker exempt from the provisions of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998. As for whom or what a volunteer is, meanwhile, there is no clear legal definition. Therefore the employer must ensure that their conduct and any policies or documentation issued in relation to a volunteer do not suggest an employee or worker relationship. Here are some aspects an employer should keep in mind when dealing with volunteers.

Put it in writing

Employers should draw up volunteer agreements in which it is clearly defined that there is no intention to create an employment relationship. If there are no requirements or obligations between the two parties, this should be stated in it. Words such as ’employer’, ’employee’ or ‘required’ should be avoided as this can make the agreement look like a formal contract. Words such as ‘hope’ ‘volunteer’ and…

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