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It is good practice for employers to support employees doing volunteer work within the community or for charity. Supporting volunteers helps the organisation to build relationships with the local community and improve how it is perceived within it. Employees who do volunteer work can use the skills that they have developed at work to help the community.
Some organisations, such as charities, can also engage volunteers to carry out work for them. Volunteering agreements are often considered to be informal agreements that do not amount to contracts of employment. However, the employment status of volunteers can be unclear and there have been a number of cases in which volunteers have claimed that they are workers or employees.
23 Nov 2020
The NHS could gain a pool of reservists similar to those provided for the police and army under a proposal to extend the coronavirus volunteer scheme.
30 Sep 2020
Good employers should take note of the increased interest in voluntary work, driven by the community spirit the early stages...
18 Sep 2020
Half of employees want to use their professional skills on volunteer projects.
8 Jul 2020
The summer months are often a great opportunity for employee volunteering projects. But despite social distancing restrictions, there are still...
5 Jun 2020
Government plans to recruit volunteers who will monitor and guide rail passengers at stations have run into strong criticism from...
9 Apr 2020
Announced in the Coronavirus Bill last month, the government intends to introduce a temporary right to statutory emergency volunteering leave...
30 Mar 2020
Thousands of EasyJet and Virgin employees have been asked to work at the temporary NHS hospitals.
27 Mar 2020
The Metropolitan Police Service is calling on retired officers to return to duty and urging those nearing retirement to stay...
11 Jul 2019
The government has published its consultation on plans to strengthen protections against sexual harassment at work, including harassment from third...
20 May 2019
A programme that seeks to introduce the know-how and vision of business leaders with charities found that the businesses experienced gained as much as the charities in terms of recruitment, skills and development.
24 Feb 2018
With younger employees increasingly believing business should be a force for good, Bruce McCombie from Pilotlight looks at how skills-based...
1 Dec 2016
Around half of UK households own a pet, according to the RSPCA. So why is there not a specific legal...
30 Sep 2016
Many employers see volunteering as a way to boost team dynamics and give something back. Skills-based volunteering takes this one...
14 Jan 2016
Anyone thinking that the UK’s upcoming grandparental leave is unnecessary meddling by law-makers should look beyond these shores at the...