Work Program

According to the DOL, an employee is in a learning position if she/he receives training similar to that which would be received in a vocational school. The employer cannot receive immediate benefit from the employee’s training and her/his presence cannot displace regular employees. She/he is under the watchful eye of a regular employee or trainer. In addition, the employee and the employer both understand the terms of the arrangement and the employee understands she/he is not entitled to wages for her time in training. Her/his training may lead to a job, but it does not necessarily have to lead to a guaranteed position.

“The Keep” has the homeless do everything, from checking the homeless in, cleaning, cooking, sorting donations, to office work and more for a stipend of $80 or $100 every two weeks. There is no training!  The shelter definitely benefits as they don’t have to hire employees to fill these positions. These work program participants are considered staff and most believe they are employed by “The Keep”, even request employment verification forms to be filled out at times,  only  to learn then that they are and never have been employees.

The work program is an abstract concept on paper to solicit foundation money and to avoid paying wages.

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  1. #1 by just Kevin here on September 3, 2012 - 7:27 pm

    Although I am a Canadian, our laws are similar to your regarding the abuse of individuals for the purpose of avoiding paying them a real ‘living’ wage for doing work that is supposed to be paid.
    “The Keep” must be outed because they are not only unethical, but they are also breaking the law.

    • #2 by hardplaces on September 4, 2012 - 2:39 pm

      It is hard to fight the establishment, people like to hear they did good and not that Jeffrey Dahmer lived next door. Trying to convince donors and the public is almost impossible, but it is my goal. Several states already have made changes in how homeless people are to be treated and the reporting system on donations is being refined. Thanks for your support of this blog.

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