Legislation

Laws and legal guidelines affecting volunteers and the organizations involving them -- from a range of countries.

"A New Era of Responsibility": An Open Letter to President Obama, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2009
California Governor "Pumps Up" Volunteering, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2008
The Choice of the Citizen: Pay Taxes, Do Without, or Volunteer, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2011
Confidentiality and Other Objections to Volunteers, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2009
Employee or Volunteer: What’s the Difference?, Melanie Lockwood Herman, 2014
Exploring the Serve America Act, Paula Beugen, 2009
It Pays to Volunteer, Come Tax Time, Wall Street Journal, 2016
Making Ongoing Volunteering Valued and Visible, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2009
Measuring Volunteering: A Practical Toolkit, 2001
Independent Sector and UNV, designed as a toolkit to assist countries in conducting surveys assessing their national, regional, and local volunteer levels, 40-pg. PDF
Mixed Messages from Government: Lessons from Minnesota, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2002
The Money Factor in Volunteer Management, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1999
The Role of Volunteer Resources Managers in the Serve America Act, Paula J. Beugen, Energize Hot Topic, 2009
Shaping Public Opinion: Volunteering, Government, and News Reports, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2004
State Liability Laws for Charitable Organizations and Volunteers
published in 2001, updated in August 2005) - free PDF from the Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Student Volunteers - U.S. Government Definitions, USAJOBS Resource Center, 2013
Explanation of the U.S. regulations limiting volunteer service in federal government agencies.
Tax Deductions for Volunteers, Conrad Teitell, 2007
Taxation of Benefits for Volunteers, Denise Y. Bowen, Federal, State and Local Governments Newsletter of the IRS, 2004
Turbulence at the State Level, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1998
Volunteer Activity in Elections, 2004
description of volunteer work permitted or limited in federal US elections
Volunteer Rights Inquiry - Reports, 2010

Material from the innovative Inquiry conducted in the UK, 2009-10.

Volunteer Rights Inquiry - Reports, 2010

Material from the innovative Inquiry conducted in the UK, 2009-10.

Volunteering Is Bigger than the Nonprofit Sector, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2008
Volunteers Should Not Be Second-Class Taxpayers, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2008

When newspapers in England reported of serious breaches of trust between volunteers and their organisations in 2009, Volunteering England was prompted to set up the Volunteer Rights Inquiry to begin to understand the nature and scope of the problems experienced by volunteers and identify suitable remedies. This Interim Report goes into detail about the findings of the intensive set of hearings held.  In 2014, a Final report of the Call to Action Progress Group following the Volunteer Rights Inquiry was produced by NCVO.

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"Advancing the Community Together" (ACT) Partnership

Site outlining the "Partnership between the Volunteer Sector and the South Australian Government," through that state's Office for Volunteers.

Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement

Provides voluntary and not-for-profit organizations in Canada with a philosophical framework for involving volunteers at the governance, leadership and direct service levels. The Code outlines the values, principles, and standards for effective volunteer practices within organizations. It also includes the Organization Standards Checklist.

Charity Lawyer

Daily blog written by lawyer Ellis Carter, who specializes in nonprofit law.  Volunteer issues are often presented and can be searched by keyword.

Community Development Policy (New Zealand)

NZ government site offering policy statements, reports,and other materials on volunteering as well as other community development,  including a study of Maori volunteering.

eLaws: Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor

The US Department of Labor's explanation of the FLSA as it applies to volunteers, including employees as volunteers.

European Commission Youth Programme

Non-formal education programme targeting young people aged between 15 and 25 years in 31 European countries.

LawForChange

"LawForChange is a unique legal resource for people and organizations dedicated to improving lives and bringing about positive social change. The site combines in one place a broad menu of legal information prepared by leading law firms and lawyers and specifically tailored to the needs of social sector organizations in the United States."  One area of the site provides links to free legal tools applicable to different states.

Nonprofit Issues

Nonprofit Issues® is a national Web newsletter of "Nonprofit Law You Need To Know." Written for nonprofit executives and their advisors, lawyer Donald Kramer provides clear, concise and comprehensive coverage of real issues that affect nonprofits every day. While there is a fee for subscribing to the full publication or participating in webinars, sign up for the free weekly e-mailed "Question and Answer" where Don Kramer responds to readers' questions on topics of general interest, often volunteer-related.

Print and e-Books in Our Store

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Definitive guide for screening volunteers and employees, explaining why and how to assure everyone's protection.

Youth Board Involvement and the Law

An analysis of the key legal issues arising when involving young people under the age of 18 on a board of directors, with strategies to maximize youth involvement whatever your state's laws.

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Last Updated: December 2, 2016