Hi,

We currently use volunteers to go out into the community and test smoke alarms, on an as and when needed basis (i.e. when there are no permanent employees free).
We have a national agreement that these volunteers will be paid at the hourly rate as permanent employees.

My question is what other employment rights do these volunteers have? If we pay them does that mean they are automatically classed as an employee? Do we have to give them sick pay?

We have a volunteer who is asking us this and I don’t know the answer… help!

rachel haake

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