Volunteers' rights

Human rights c hrea.orgIf you're a volunteer can you be sacked? Do you have the same rights as a paid employee?

You might be shocked to hear that as a volunteer many laws designed to protect employees don't apply equally to you. Not surprisingly, this has led to some very public claims both for unfair dismissal and discrimination brought by volunteers against organisations.

A national inquiry is to be held over the next couple of months which will examine the issues and challenges around the rights of volunteers.   The relationship between an organisation and its volunteers is a very special and fragile one so it will be interesting to see what comes from this.

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