How do they get away with not paying office staff minimum wage based on hours worked? Are their not laws in the US about unpaid volunteers like in France? I have NEVER heard of a for profit corporation having volunteers do the work
I know in the country I am from they cover themselves by not referring it to volunteering and I would think it is the same in the states.
This is pretty much how they define it (what I can remember of it anyway)
The Assisting programme (what they call it) is a "programme", you are being trained and coached on the "distinctions" by highly trained and committed staff and leaders (I was one of these... would never have called myself highly trained)
Basically landmark says it is a programme so not volunteering and the person gets more from it then they put into it.
Of course the other issue is the staff members in the office who are paid. everyone is on a salary. officially most staff work Monday to Saturday 10am to 9pm. In reality most staff work 8am to 11pm or later. many work on sundays and very few get annual leave because they can't find people to do their jobs while they are on vacation.
I know when I worked out my actuall hourly rate I was being paid less then the legal minimum in my country, as were other staff members.
So not only are they getting stacks of free workers, they few paid workers are probably being under paid (both literally and ethically)
Media coverage is probably the most effective way to fight LGAT next after legislation
This is very true however the media coverage needs to be consistently applied. I know when I was on staff we had to cancel an SELP (self expression and leadership) when 80% of the participants pulled out after bad media coverage.
However the impact of the media didn't last as there were no more articles people stopped withdrawing.
Interestingly enough when people were withdrawing I was told point blank by my manager it was because of who I was "being" not because of media. Now as the person who had to talk to everyone who withdrew I know they all said it was because of th media.