The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: Repeat violators from 2016 blitz; whether employer-employee relationship existed; and Labour force survey, April 2017.
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.
Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements are fairly common in employment contracts, but courts also commonly find them to be unenforceable due to unreasonable or unclear restrictions. When parties negotiate a restrictive covenant in the context of a transfer of a business, however, the rules are different, even where the seller of the business agrees to work for the buyer. The Supreme Court of Canada recently dealt with a case like this.