Worker classification has become a major source of conflict in Canadian employment law. Most media attention in this regard has been given to classification disputes by gig workers (such as the case of whether Uber drivers are employees or contractors). But even outside of the gig economy, classification-related class actions against businesses of all types have been on the rise.
Many charities and not-for-profit organizations depend on the dedication and hard work of their volunteers. Volunteer contributions can include fundraising, promotion and advocacy, governance, and service delivery. As such activities are often integrated with day-to-day operations, and integral to an organization’s success, it is important to consider the obligations arising from the relationship between volunteer and organization.