Beware your volunteers don't 'morph' into employees!

By Kevin Russell | 19 December 2013

Beware volunteers don't morph into employees

The whole area of support for charity volunteers is fraught with difficulties and pitfalls. Paying an intern or volunteer a weekly allowance, for example, could mean that they are no longer a volunteer in law, but an employed worker entitled to the National Minimum Wage and employment rights. If such an arrangement goes unchecked for a number of years, a church or charity could find themselves with a significant bill in unpaid wages.

In collaboration with Anthony Collins, solicitors, we have produced a new Briefing Paper to help you avoid the pitfalls of having volunteers on your team, available here. A related resource is our Volunteer Agreement Pack. This includes a model ‘agreement’ for your volunteers together with suitable health & safety and expenses policies, explanatory notes and a frequently asked questions section here.

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Posted by Kevin Russell

Our Legal Eagle guru and Stewardship's Technical Director, Kevin constantly has his finger on the pulse of all things tax and charity law-related. His briefing papers for charities, churches and individuals are an invaluable resource on everything from VAT to Gift Aid. 

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