Not-for-profit Law
Legal help for community organisations


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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.

Our information on employment law is designed to help organisations understand the legal framework and identify issues when they arise. The law surrounding employment is complex and it changes sometimes, so the information in these pages shouldn't replace advice from a lawyer who specializes in employment law. If your organisation suspects that it has an employment issue, it's best to seek specialist advice as soon as possible.

Employee, contractor or volunteer?

At times, it can be difficult to assess if someone at your organisation would be considered an 'employee'. Our guide: Employees, contractor or volunteer can help you make 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 guide includes more information about:

  • definitions of employees, independent contractors and volunteers, and
  • legal obligations owed by community organisations
We often run training programs and webinars on distinguishing between employees, contractors and volunteers. Check our Training page for further information. 
Last Updated: 23 March 2021

Managing People through COVID-19

We're here to support organisations during COVID-19. Check out our resources to help you manage and look after your employees and volunteers during this time.