Volunteer Protection Act Law and Legal Definition
The Volunteer Protection Act enacted in 1997 is a federal statute that promotes the interests of the social service program beneficiaries and taxpayers. The object of the Act is to promote volunteerism by limiting or completely eliminating the volunteer’s risk of tort liability. The Act only applies to those who act for a nonprofit organization or for a government entity.
The Act limits the extend of punitive damages that may be awarded against a volunteer. Also, the Act limits the liability that exists for non-economic loss.