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Volunteer or employee? Golf coach looks for overtime green in FLSA case


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Abstract: Teachers or other staff members will often take on additional leadership duties, but it’s long been a contentious matter as to whether the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) should cover these volunteers. In one case, a school board employee served as the golf coach at a district high school and was paid a stipend. Following a Department of Labor guidance letter, the board decided to continue allowing nonexempt employees to coach but discontinued its policy of paying overtime. The employee sued. This article discusses the court’s ruling, while a sidebar looks at whether for-profit businesses qualify for an FLSA exemption in regard to interns. Purdham v. Fairfax County School Board, No. 10-1048, March 10, 2011 (4th Cir.)

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