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For-Profit Volunteers: The Fair Labor Standards Acts Limits on Volunteering in the Private Sector

October 05, 2012

By BLAKE R. BERTAGNA

In the following article, Blake Bertagna discusses how employers can use volunteers so long as they adhere to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Mr. Bertagna provides a detailed analysis of some common factors that distinguish employees and volunteersincluding the length of the volunteer-employer relationship, the volunteers expectation of compensation, and whether the volunteers duties were integral to the businessto help employers avoid liability for unpaid compensation under the FLSA.

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Blake R Bertagna
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