Category: Employee vs. Independent Contractor

Significant Changes to Employment Standards Coming to Ontario

By , June 2, 2017 8:36 am

On June 1, 2017, the Ontario government introduced legislation to amend Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995. The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (the “Act”), builds on the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report which was released on May 23, 2017 after two years of consultations, including with our law firm. Continue Reading…

Independent Contractor or Employee? That is the Question.

By , September 14, 2016 1:46 pm

Many companies hire contractors instead of employees. As we have written before, some advantages for contractors are paying less taxes and being able to claim more tax deductions. However, a contractor is not protected by the Employment Standards Act. Those protections include pregnancy and parental leave, termination and severance pay, and overtime pay. Just because Continue Reading…

What’s in a name – Employee or Independent Contractor?

By , March 21, 2016 10:00 am

Have you been recently terminated and the company did not provide notice or pay-in-lieu of notice because you are an “independent contractor”? Sometimes organizations believe that it is more advantageous to categorize the working relationship as one of independent contractor in order to avoid making payroll remittances and to permit termination of the relationship without Continue Reading…

Should You See an Employment Lawyer About that Issue?

By , February 23, 2016 10:00 am

We often receive calls from individuals wondering whether it is worth spending the money to see an employment lawyer.  Sometimes this is because the employee has been fired and received a termination letter and the employee wants to know if the amount is fair.  Other times it is because an employee has been offer a Continue Reading…

Why you Should Have a Lawyer Review your Employment Contract

By , October 22, 2014 12:33 pm

You have been offered a new job. You are excited about it. The offer letter seems fair and you are eager to start the position.  Why should you pay a lawyer to look over this employment contract? Fast forward ten years. Your company is going through restructuring and you are now out of work. What Continue Reading…

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