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Embrace Holiday Volunteering With Caution, FLSA May Apply

Law360, New York (November 14, 2017, 11:22 AM EST) -- The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes an increase in volunteering. For some, this means distributing meals at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter, or volunteering in the school one’s child attends. For others, it means manning a collection plate or kettle in front of a supermarket. Some volunteers engage in these activities on their own; others, through employer-sponsored or employer-encouraged programs.

The Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires payment of a minimum wage, has something to say about this. The FLSA doesn’t...
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