Post # 1
I volunteer for an Americorps subsidiary program, but receive a stipend and signed a contract that states my hours of operation, start and end date, expectations, etc. According to my program, we are not allowed to drive during “work” (I put that in quotes because technically we are not employees) hours, which are from 8-6 during the day. At first it was okay, and although it was annoying at times, I did my best to figure out bus and metro routes around where I work. The problem is, we have trainings and events 2-3 days per month, and usually these are at multiple locations per day all over my city. It is SO annoying because I have a car, I prefer to drive, and I don’t live too close to public transportation hubs so any time I want to go anywhere by public transportation it will take an hour or more.
Has anyone ever had a job or experience like this? Not being allowed to drive? They say it’s an insurance and liability issue, but then wouldn’t ALL salaried workers fall under such liability situations? If they find out I drove, they could get mad at me and I guess fire me, but it is so so annoying. What should I do?
Post # 3
I have never heard of such a thing. I could understand not driving other employees or customers, but not driving at all, that is redic. Especially since you have to be off campus for things, do they provide transportation to those things? I am really not sure if they can really do that legally, just doesnt sound right to me.
Post # 4
Oh gosh that sounds annoying. I also have never heard of anything like that… I did Americorps (but a loooong time ago) and there was no restriction on driving.
Any way to maybe drive to a transportation hub, park for the day and then take transit to where you need to go? Not that I’m advocating breaking the rules or anything…
How much longer is your program? It might not be worth taking the risk if it’s not for that much longer.
Post # 5
@GoldfishPie: Oh that would annoy me. How many people are in the program with you? Is there anyway you could carpool with a few other people and split the cost of a cab? Or if it comes to it rent a car and driver for the day and split the cost of that. At least where I live they would probably be the same price.
Post # 6
They let you drive to and from work, it’s just in the middle of the day that were not allowed to drive. They do provide a bus/metro pass, but I should be allowed to drive my own car when I want. It’s only annoying on days when we have a training in one part of the city and another afternoon session halfway across the city for NO reason. Sometimes I do park, bus to the second location, bus back to the first location then drive home, but it adds so much time on it’s ridiculous. My program is pretty huge so it would be difficult to change their policies, but this is one of my biggest gripes about this program. It’s halfway done and ends in June, so I have quite a bit more to endure. Blah.
Post # 7
I’ve never heard of anything like this. Since you’re not a full-time employee it doesn’t seem like the insurance/liability stuff should affect you. Is there a waiver or something they can have you sign stating that you won’t hold them responsible if anything should happen?
Post # 9
@arthasdk: I’ve asked about that and was given the runaround. It boggles my mind because technically couldnt I sue them for anything that happens to me on the job? We’re allowed to ride bicycles, why arent those banned? I’m just venting now I guess. Thanks bees for reminding me I’m not crazy.