What is the difference between a volunteer and an employee?

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What is the difference between a volunteer and an employee?

I rent store space to sell my homemade crafts. The store owner gives a discount on my monthly rent bill if I volunteer to run the register for 8 hours out of the month. Am I considered an employee because of the compensation?

Asked on November 15, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, you are not an employee. You are a tenant (since you rent space) who pays part of his or her rent "in kind"--by running the register for 8 hours/month. You time spent at the register is how you pay that portion of your rent equal to the discount you get.


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