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Is your volunteer actually an employee?

Businesses cannot evade their obligations as employers by calling their workers volunteers. Read on to help ensure you are correctly classifying the status of your workers.

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Volunteer relationships may stray into an employment relationship, especially in business. The Labour Inspectorate has issued a position statement to provide clarity to businesses, encouraging employers to take action and make sure they are meeting their obligations under New Zealand employment law. This statement outlines the circumstances where the Labour Inspectorate's starting position is that a worker in business is an employee. 

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