Date: 01/27/2021
Time: 1 pm eastern
Run Time: 90 minutes including Q & A session
Leader: Bob Gregg, Attorney at Law, Boardman Clark Law Firm
Credits: Awarded 1.5 credit hours by HRCI
Price: Webinar $295; Webinar + Download $349 (Share the download with your colleagues)
Audience:  HR, executive directors, program managers, managers, supervisors, directors, etc.


Many nonprofit organizations depend on volunteers and could not accomplish their mission without the volunteers’ dedication, hard work and long hours. However, volunteers also generate controversy and liability every day both during normal times and now in the pandemic. Some may cross the boundaries and generate liability for injury or improper actions toward clients or employees. The pandemic just serves to aggravate the situation.  For example, what’s organization’s potential liability should a volunteer infect other volunteers, employees, or clients with Covid-19?  What if the volunteer is infected by someone else? What if your volunteers are crossing the line and because of volunteer or employee shortages are assuming new or expanded responsibilities?

Your organization—and you personally—may be liable for negligently selecting, monitoring, or retaining volunteers who cause harm. Some disgruntled “volunteers” have claimed that they were not “volunteers” at all and are now due wages, back pay and benefits for two or three years. Some win! The standards governing volunteer management can be confusing and pose significant liability risks for the organization.  Please join Bob Gregg, attorney at law, as he offers practical guidance relating to  the laws, standards and obligations you and your organization need to follow in order to avoid the potential liability your volunteers pose to your organization and its mission both now and during normal times.


During this informative webinar Mr. Gregg will discuss:

  • What can make a “volunteer” into an “employee” (understand the standards)
  • Your liability for the acts of volunteers toward others
  • Your liabilities and protections from suits by volunteers
  • Steps to take to minimize the risks your volunteers pose to your organization and its mission
  • Can you require your volunteers to take the Coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available
  • The laws—FLSA, discrimination, personal liability, etc.
  • Liability for negligent hiring/monitoring/retention
  • Policies you must have for volunteers


Bob Gregg, attorney at law, is a partner at Boardman & Clark LLP in Madison, Wisconsin. He has been involved in employment relations for more than 30 years. He litigates employment cases, representing employers in employment contracts, discrimination cases, FLSA, FMLA and all other areas of employment law. His main emphasis is helping employers achieve enhanced productivity. He has designed the workplace policies of numerous employers, creating positive work environments, and resolving employment problems before they generate lawsuits. Bob has conducted over 3,000 seminars throughout the United States and authored numerous articles on practical employment issues. Bob is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the National Speakers Association, is a National Faculty Member of the American Association for Access, Equity & Diversity and served on the board of directors for the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Foundation.

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