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Burning Question - Workplace rights for summer volunteering?

CSP experts give you regular updates on employment-related issues.  Got an issue you’re worried about? Ask your steward/student rep or, if you don’t have one, contact the CSP. View previous columns here.  

I’ve been doing some volunteering during the summer: do I have any workplace rights?

If you are taking part in a genuine voluntary arrangement then you do not benefit from the same workplace rights as people who are employed. This includes pay, protection from discrimination and working time limitations. As a volunteer you should have no obligation to carry out work and should not suffer any sanction if you fail to complete work. Although the Health and Safety at Work Act does not apply to volunteers, employers have a duty to ensure that your health is protected while you are on their premises.

This is intended as general information only and does not replace individual advice

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