Volunteer Work

If you do civic or charitable volunteer work because your employer asks that you do it, it should be counted as hours worked and you should be paid for it. Here are some examples of when you should be paid:

  • your employer asks you to do it
  • your employer directs or controls the work
  •  the work is done when you should be at your place of business working

If you volunteer on your own, without promise or expectation of being paid, the time spent should not be treated as hours worked.

For detail about employer abuses, see Outside Sales, Charitable and Volunteer Work atOvertimeScams.us.