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What Is a Volunteer, Exactly? Avoiding the Perils of Worker Misclassification

Posted by HRdownloads on Jul 25, 2019 2:30:00 PM

No matter what type of company, no matter what industry, how you categorize the people who work for you matters a lot. Each jurisdiction has strict rules about employers’ responsibilities towards workers, but these responsibilities change depending on just what kind of worker we’re talking about. For example, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour outlines a six-part test to determine whether someone is an intern or an employee, but what about a volunteer?

Generally speaking, neither an intern nor a volunteer is paid for their efforts, neither receives employee benefits, there’s no understanding of a job at the end of the relationship between the organization and the individual, and only a negligible material benefit to the company. So, what exactly is the difference, and why does it matter? The easy part to answer is that it matters because misclassifying workers is one of the commonest mistakes employers make, one that government regulators regularly watch for, and one that can have significant legal consequences for noncompliant organizations. As regulators crack down on exploitative and misleading ‘internships’ across the country, it’s more important than ever to make sure that all categories of workers are appropriately classified.

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Topics: Volunteers, Employee Management

Fishing for the Perfect Volunteer – How to Land Applicants for Unpaid Positions

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 21, 2016 11:19:00 AM

If you’ve recruited volunteers before, you may have experienced dissapointment with a newly recruited volunteer that you believed was brimming with potential. Not long after they start, it becomes abundantly clear that they are not right for the position you recruited them for. Recruiting volunteers that are a perfect fit for the positions your organization offers can be a real struggle, but with the right mindset and approach, you can land those ideal candidates.

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Topics: Volunteers, Recruitment

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