Volunteers and the Law

Posted 21st January 2021

In UK Law, volunteers do not have a legal status; unlike paid staff they do not have employment rights.

Indeed, volunteers have few legal rights and cannot make a legal case on the basis of unfair dismissal, race, disability, sex discrimination, unequal pay, minimum wage etc (there are, however, current proposals in place to ensure that the law on sexual harassment is extended to protect volunteers).

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