Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Getting yourself misclassified can cost you money
Here is what you need to know about your employment rights as an independent contractor.
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What is the difference between a contractor and an employee?

The distinction between independent contractor and employee is critical and getting it wrong can cost both parties big. Deciding if a worker is properly classified as a contractor or employee requires an in-depth consideration of their work, independence, and relationship between the parties.

Why should you speak to an employment lawyer at Whitten & Lublin?

Whitten & Lublin Employment & Labour Lawyers are uniquely skilled in this area. The founding partners of Whitten & Lublin have co-authored the first book of its kind on contractors in the workplace through Carswell’s authoritative text, “HR Manager’s Guide to Independent Contractors in the Workplace”.

To learn more on Independent Contractors our book, “HR Manager’s Guide to Independent Contractors in the Workplace”, can be ordered online.

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How can Whitten & Lublin help you?

Our lawyers can assist you in drafting individual contractor agreements, provide strategic advice on how to structure the relationship to withstand the scrutiny of the CRA and Courts, and defend your position of being an employee or contractor where there is a dispute. As well, we can help with effective advocacy before the Tax Court of Canada in Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan appeals.

We have represented countless clients, seeking to find successful outcomes for their unique circumstances. Our skills, experience, and reputation are widely recognized by both clients and peers, making us one of the GTA’s most recommended labour and employment law firms.

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In need of legal advice? We are committed to treating your case with the care, dedication, and compassion that you deserve. Contact us to learn how we can help you understand and resolve your workplace legal matter.

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