[Libs-Or] Volunteer vs. paid.

Robin Speer robin.d.speer at state.or.us
Fri Oct 18 13:37:09 PDT 2013

To add to Buzzy's comments...here is what I will contribute.

Not knowing more details, if the paid employee is doing volunteer tasks that are the same as her paid position, it could be problematic. My recommendation is to seek professional advice from your HR department.

Robin Speer
Volunteer Program Coordinator
Talking Book & Braille Services Fund Development Coordinator
Oregon State Library

From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Buzzy Nielsen
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2013 10:45 AM
To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Volunteer vs. paid.

We don't allow staff to do "volunteer" hours for our library district. According to our lawyer, it's too rife for abuse and potentially opens you up for lawsuits. For instance, you could imagine scenarios where an unscrupulous manager "requires" volunteer hours or an unscrupulous ex-employee sues claiming that s/he was required to do volunteer hours rather than being paid.

That being said, I sometimes have to remind my staff that they actually do need to put all of the hours they worked on their timesheets. it's nice to have dedicated folks!

Buzzy Nielsen

Library Director
Hood River County Library District
502 State St
Hood River, OR 97031
On 10/18/2013 09:58 AM, Cheryl Spangler wrote:
I have a volunteer who just got put on the pay roll. I have been told that she can either get paid or volunteer because of laws pertaining to that.  She works 4 hours a week and fills in wherever we need her. What do you do in this case?
Cheryl Spangler
Harrisburg Public Library

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