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Not-for-profit community organisations have the same legal obligations as any employer to their workers - but that doesn't mean that employment law is easy to understand. There is a lot of information available on employment law, but it can be hard to know what is useful and where to start - especially when you have a question you need addressed urgently.
Employee, contractor or volunteer?
At times, it can be difficult to assess if someone at your organisation would be considered an 'employee'. The Not-for-profit Law Guide: Employees, contractor or volunteer can help you to undertake an assessment of whether employment laws apply (but as this can be complex, it can be a good idea to get some legal advice). The fact sheet below has more information about:
- definitions of employees, independent contractors and volunteers, and
- legal obligations owed by community organisations.