It is common for employers to include language in their staff contracts to help safeguard business interests. This may take the form of obligations to protect confidential information and/or refrain from soliciting staff, suppliers and/or clients after the employment relationship ends.
A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice resulted in a $45,000.00 aggravated damages award. It thus offers guidance for employers as to the types of behaviour that may result in an award of this type.
Workers are usually categorized as an employee or a contractor. Each category comes with its own distinct set of entitlements and obligations. Generally speaking, a contractor is someone in business for themselves, while an employee works for the benefit of another’s business.