Getting your contracts in writing is half the battle. You must also ensure that your contract says what you want it to say, and says it clearly. The main issue in the following case was the interpretation of an employment agreement.
Many employers still do not enter into written contracts with their employees. A recent case from British Columbia illustrates why this is a bad idea. The parties ended up in Court, where a Judge had to piece together testimony and the facts at the time the contract was made, to determine the nature of contract.
Compared to employment, business ownership can offer independence and control, but can also create inescapable financial and other obligations. Salaries and other expenses must be paid regardless of how poorly the business does. The inescapable obligation to pay the appropriate notice pay when employees are terminated, was recently the subject of an Ontario Court of Appeal case.
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