@pcantieni You know I love this topic …
[Caveat: I’m not a lawyer. Nothing I say should be considered legal advice.]
I think everyone should be using a waiver. Laws vary by state but regardless, the act of reading and signing a waiver helps to set expectations. In my experience, courts only get involved when people have mismatched expectations. But also, torts are real. Torts are whenever someone is harmed or suffers a loss. [Tortes, on the other hand, with an ‘e’, are tasty.] As an RC organizer, you have a duty to limit liability exposure for yourself, your volunteers, and your host.
Repair Café house rules Jan 2020
This is the latest form that I used in our 2020 events. It is based on a version provided by the Repair Café International Foundation (RCI) in Amsterdam. RCI has never claimed to have had there document reviewed by lawyers. My version is slightly Americanized from there’s and uses more of our nomenclature, such as “coach” which is not a term used by RCI.
This document was originall in MS-Word. I converted it to Google Docs for sharing. It is intended to be printed double-sided so you get two forms for each piece of 8.5x11.
This version was never finalized. One of our guests is a retired lawyer with the city of Durham. She was helping me revise the waiver to be simpler and more direct but we never finished. You can tell from the file name “13March2020” that we were soon distracted by other things.