Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Volunteer Protection (was Re: Charter Organization Woes
Re: Volunteer Protection (was Re: Charter Organization Woes
Bruce E. Cobern
Wed, 21 Apr 1999 10:22:11 -0400
From: Thomas W. Strong Jr. <email@example.com>
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 1999 10:16 AM
>Sounds like you're referring to the "Volunteer Protection Act of 1997",
>available from the Library of Congress web site at
>In short, it says that no volunteer of a nonprofit organization shall
>held responsible for harm caused by an act of omission of the volunteer
>on behalf of the agency, as long as they were doing their job for
>the organization and were properly trained for it. (there's an
>for willful misconduct, gross negligence, reckless misconduct, etc.,
>it doesn't apply to operating any vehicle requiring an operator's
>license or insurance)
>There's also a provision that a state may elect to not participate by
>passing a law to that effect, so you may have local law that is
>different, but if not, the federal law applies.
>Note also, the act protects _volunteers_, so employees (anyone
>compensation other than reimbursement for expenses or some thing of
>in lieu of compensation worth over $500) and the organizations
>are not protected by this act.
That is most certainly the federal statute to which I was referring. NY
had a similar statute prior to the enactment of the federal standard. I
am not sure whether NY has chosen to continue its statute or to defer to
the federal statute. The point, of course, is that there is now at
least some level of statutory protection, in addition to any liability
insurance provided by the organization or the individual.
Thank you for the reference.
Bruce E. Cobern