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Monday, August 23, 2004

CA: Give volunteers their 'jobs' back

August 23, 2004
Jumbo shrimp. Steel wool. Original copy. Thunderous silence. Oxymorons at their finest.

Now comes paid volunteers, an oxymoron at its worst, which was recently created by a state agency. Simply stated, nonprofit organizations throughout California could be devastated if volunteers have to be paid.

By definition, a volunteer works, well, voluntarily. For free! They do not want, nor do they expect, to get paid. Seems fairly obvious. However, according to a 2003 legal interpretation of state labor law by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), charity organizations are now required to pay volunteers, if they are to accept state funding for programs. ... FR Reprint.


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