Are volunteers employees?Thursday 23 May, 2019
A volunteer worker, who does not expect or receive any reward, is not an employee. An example of this would be someone who volunteers every weekend for a charity or community with no expectation of payment.
A volunteer who does expect or receive a reward is not necessarily an employee but there must still be a contract for service.
If an employer pays volunteers they may be considered to be an employee. However, payment does not include:
- Reimbursement for expenses incurred whilst performing the volunteer work;
- A koha;
- An honoraria; or
- Any personal satisfaction a volunteer may get from the work.
If you are unsure whether you are an employee or a volunteer, give us a call for some free advice.