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Civic or Charitable Work

Time you spend in work for civic or charitable purposes will be hours worked if:

  1. your employer requested you to do it;
  2. the work being done is under your employer’s direction or control; or
  3. the work is being done during the time you are required to be on your employer’s premises or any other location assigned by your employer as your place of work.

Such time should not be confused with bona fide volunteer activities. If you perform hours of service for civic, charitable or humanitarian reasons, without promise, expectation or receipt of compensation for the services rendered you probably would be considered to be a volunteer of the religious, charitable or similar non-profit organization that receives your services and the time would not be hours worked.

For more information, please contact your local Wage and Hour District Office.