Employee Volunteers - Are They Really "Off the Clock"?
February 2006

Many municipal and state agencies and not-for-profit corporations have employees who volunteer for additional after-hours (and unpaid) tasks from time to time. You are glad to have the extra help – of course! – but how can you legally accept volunteer assistance from your employees without running afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour and overtime requirements? In the last few months, the Department of Labor has issued several opinion letters that provide some guidance on this issue.

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