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Employees and independent contractors: The changing nature of employment

Organizations are increasingly retaining the services of individual contractors rather than hiring employees in order to increase the organization’s flexibility and obtain special expertise on an as-needed basis. Historically, organizations have been subject to statutory and common law duties in relation to their employees which have not been applied when organizations retain independent contractors. Case law over the past ten years suggests that the classic distinction between employees and independent contractors is becoming blurred.

 

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Don’t wait until the last minute to settle at the Tribunal

Employers face a choice when confronted with a human rights application from an employee or former employee: settle or defend.

 

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