1. Volunteers Working for Nonprofits: Understanding the Legal Risks

Volunteers Working for Nonprofits: Understanding the Legal Risks

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Event ID: 2192414
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Duration: 65 Minutes
Presenter: Bob Gregg, partner, Boardman & Clark LLP
Credits: 1 HRCI, 1 SHRM

Volunteers Working for Nonprofits: Understanding the Legal Risks

Many nonprofit organizations depend on volunteers and could not accomplish their mission without the volunteers' dedication, hard work and long hours. However, volunteers also generate controversy and potential liability. Some may cross the boundaries and generate liability for injury or improper actions toward clients or employees. Your organization, and you personally, may be liable for negligently selecting, monitoring or retaining volunteers who cause harm. Some disgruntled "volunteers" have claimed that they were not "volunteers" at all and are now due wages, back pay and benefits for two or three years under federal Fair Labor Standards Act requirements. Some win! The standards can be confusing, and every nonprofit should understand the laws, standards and obligations in order to avoid the dangers and be able to effectively use volunteers to accomplish their mission. Please join Bob Gregg, attorney at law, as he goes step-by-step through the requirements that govern nonprofit use of volunteers.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Get a practical understanding of the laws and regulations which govern the use of volunteers in your organization
  • Find out what can make a "volunteer" or "intern" into an "employee." Know the standards and understand under what circumstances you may be crossing the line
  • Understand your potential liability for negligent selection/monitoring/retention
  • Review what policies you must have for volunteers
  • Discuss the nonprofit's liability for the acts of volunteers toward others
  • Know your liabilities and protections from suits by volunteers

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