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    Well, I guess if you can't work for $7.99 in CA, you can't do it for free either.

    This winery, btw, was open 10 hours a week and profited $11,000 a year. It was a side gig. The winery had no use for any help, but people wanted to volunteer, so they let them.

    Half of the volunteers were students in a class at another winery and were seeking a hands on supplement to their class. The other half were just people who wanted to learn the ropes during their free time.

    Castro Valley winery fined $115,000 for using volunteers
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    CASTRO VALLEY -- A small-time vintner's use of volunteer workers has put him out of business after the state squeezed him like a late-summer grape for $115,000 in fines -- and sent a chill through the wine industry.

    The volunteers, some of them learning to make wine while helping out, were illegally unpaid laborers, and Westover Winery should have been paying them and paying worker taxes, the state Department of Industrial Relations said.

    "I didn't know it was illegal to use volunteers at a winery; it's a common practice," said winery owner Bill Smyth.

    State law prohibits for-profit businesses from using volunteers.

    Before the fine, volunteer labor was common at wineries in the nearby Livermore Valley, said Fenestra Winery owner Lanny Replogle.

    "But not anymore," he said Monday. When word got around, several wineries sent their volunteers home.

    Westover was cited in July for not paying minimum wage, not providing wage statements and not paying workers' compensation insurance, said Peter Melton, a spokesman for the state ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    Well, I guess if you can't work for $7.99 in CA, you can't do it for free either.

    This winery, btw, was open 10 hours a week and profited $11,000 a year. It was a side gig. The winery had no use for any help, but people wanted to volunteer, so they let them.

    Half of the volunteers were students in a class at another winery and were seeking a hands on supplement to their class. The other half were just people who wanted to learn the ropes during their free time.

    Castro Valley winery fined $115,000 for using volunteers
    By Rebecca Parr
    l The Daily Review

    CASTRO VALLEY -- A small-time vintner's use of volunteer workers has put him out of business after the state squeezed him like a late-summer grape for $115,000 in fines -- and sent a chill through the wine industry.

    The volunteers, some of them learning to make wine while helping out, were illegally unpaid laborers, and Westover Winery should have been paying them and paying worker taxes, the state Department of Industrial Relations said.

    "I didn't know it was illegal to use volunteers at a winery; it's a common practice," said winery owner Bill Smyth.

    State law prohibits for-profit businesses from using volunteers.

    Before the fine, volunteer labor was common at wineries in the nearby Livermore Valley, said Fenestra Winery owner Lanny Replogle.

    "But not anymore," he said Monday. When word got around, several wineries sent their volunteers home.

    Westover was cited in July for not paying minimum wage, not providing wage statements and not paying workers' compensation insurance, said Peter Melton, a spokesman for the state ...


    Castro Valley winery fined $115,000 for using volunteers
    Welcome to Jerry Brown's California. The dumbfuck of a governor goes on television and says "welcome" to illegal fucking aliens coming here and sucking off the teet yet he fines a CA resident/vintner that people voluntarily came to work at for free? Put this guy on the target with obamas head, the two of them are going to give this fucking country away and turn it into a third world pile of steaming shit. So fucking mad.......
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    Uh, that's most states, not just CA.

    There's very common misconceptions about interns and volunteers - it is EXTREMELY hard to have someone do work for you as a for-profit business and not pay them. Most internships need to be paid as well. Many, many companies do this wrong and (usually unintentionally) violate the law. If you do work, you need to get paid.

    I always have people wanting to "volunteer" or take an "unpaid internship" to gain experience in a field or what not, and the fact is, it's illegal to do that.

 

 

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