Society for Healthcare
Does anyone have a formal policy on the maximum number of days and hours a volunteer can work? if so would you be willing to share?
While we don't have a formal policy, you have to comply with the wage and hour laws of your state. Legal/Risk Management here said that no volunteer can serve as many hours as a regularly scheduled paid employee during a pay period---a long way of legalize to say less than 20 hours a week.
Reason being, someone might sue saying that their position should be paid since it is regularly scheduled and of equal number of hours.
Our unwritten rule is a max of 18 hours, although we have never had anyone do more than 12 in a week, and those are special projects done in a month to meet our 48 hour minimum requirement and at the request of a department.
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