A reader recently commented on the compensation of seniors who work as resident monitors in a building where they live. The building (in Colorado) is operated by a religious charity. The monitor oversees the premises when management is not present. Although working more than 60 hours each week, the monitor is paid only about $200.
While the reader may resent building management, the arrangement is proper under the Fair Labor Standards Act because the monitors are volunteers. (We do not address Colorado law, which might have contrary provisions.) As we wrote several years ago:
Nonprofit and public sector organizations may have volunteers as long as the volunteers are not employees of the organization and give time and services gratuitously. There can’t be any pressure or coercion to donate time, and all services must be free and voluntary.