Volunteer Protection Act of 1997


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Volunteer Protection Act of 1997

Legislation in the United States that protects volunteers at a nonprofit from legal liability for actions they take in good faith that unintentionally cause harm to another. For example, if a person volunteering at a homeless shelter unknowingly assigns a homeless person to a bunk that cannot hold his/her weight, the Act will protect the volunteer from liability in a resultant lawsuit if the bunk collapses. The Act was intended to promote volunteerism.
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Volunteers do not sign returns and are protected from legal liability by the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997.
More than 10 years later, Congress has finally responded to that "emergency" call, passing by an overwhelming margin the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997.
The new, federal Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 grants immunity from personal liability to those who volunteer for non-profit organizations.
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