Thin line between independent contractor and employee

Under the law, people who contract out their services to employers are seen differently than employees.   That can become painfully obvious when there's a breakdown in the relationship, Toronto personal injury and employment law lawyer Kevin Marshall tells Advocate

An independent contractor who works exclusively for one company for a lengthy period of time may well be deemed an employee, says Marshall.  The true contractor may have relationships with several organizations, and greater autonomy, whereas the employee typically has just one employer and works in a heirarchical environment, which requires answering to a supervisor.

"The laws don't protect independent contractors in the same way they safeguard employees," says Marshall.

That makes the contract an especially important document for anyone contracting out their services, he says.  An employment law lawyer will know what to include in the contract to afford independent contractors protections similar to those enjoyed by regular employees.  Read more here.

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