When Volunteers are “Workers”: 5 Key Ways to Effectively Manage OHS Risk
Volunteers. Volunteerism. They both matter. Without them Canadian society would suffer. But, when are volunteers “workers” for the purpose of OHS legislation? What is the effect of this? How do you keep volunteers safe and otherwise manage risk effectively? What, in fact, are the risks? These are questions that we have been asked and are happy to answer.
RV and Campground Hosts: Volunteer or Employee?
Public and private RV park and campground operators often rely on the assistance provided by volunteers as an affordable means of providing better service to campers. Such volunteer positions are sometimes referred to as “Hosts”.
Corporate Volunteering Leads to Engaged Employees
Many companies have employee volunteer programs, but for many companies in Europe, Canada and the US these programs are underfunded, underdeveloped and underutilized. This article is meant to offer a compelling reason why your business needs to invest (a bit more) in employee volunteering.
Working with Tourism Educators
Employers who work closely with educational institutions and programs specializing in hospitality training will soon discover the benefits, especially where staffing is concerned.
Are Volunteers Covered under the Workers Compensation Act?
Volunteers can serve in many capacities within an organization, greatly benefiting employers by bringing new energy and knowledge, and augmenting or extending the work of employees. Similarly, volunteers reap significant benefits from volunteering by gaining valuable experience, skills and contacts. However, tourism and hospitality employers should be aware of the potential liabilities that could emerge as a result of using volunteers, in light of the requirements under the Workers Compensation Act (WCA).