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Understanding the legal issues around managing volunteers

  • by Kate Bowman
  • July 12, 2018

We often hear Volunteer Managers say they wish they knew more about the ins and outs of the law when it comes to managing their volunteers. Everyone wants to be sure they are running their organisation according to best practice. 

There are so many things to consider – insurance and civil liability protection, duty of care, the new data breach notification laws, how to best word volunteer agreements – the list goes on.

Justice Connect provides legal advice, training and information for not-for-profit organisations. They are running a full day professional development training session on September 27 at The Centre for Volunteering in The Rocks.

Topics covered will include:
 
  • The key legal differences between a volunteer, an employee and an independent contractor (and other ‘statuses’ like work for the dole participants, mutual obligation volunteering, internships etc.).
  • The volunteer selection process and anti-discrimination laws
  • The importance of volunteer screening and background checks
  • The ‘duty of care’ an organisation owes to and for its volunteers
  • Volunteers and risk management
  • The importance of volunteer insurance
  • Reimbursing or paying volunteers
  • Volunteers’ personal information and privacy
  • Reviewing volunteer performance and having difficult conversations
  • Ending the volunteer relationship

Upon comnpletion participants will understand how the law applies to volunteers and the implications this has for volunteer management practices.

For more information or to book, click here.

 

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