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The Legal Quandary of Contract Workers and Taxes

The Legal Quandary of Contract Workers and Taxes

Bill 148 requires employers to classify workers as employees, dependent contractors or independent contractors. Provincial laws protect dependent contractors just like employees. However, the Federal Income Tax Act does not yet recognize dependent contractor status. What should you do if the CRA wrongfully assesses you as an independent contractor when you are a dependent contractor?

Sham Layoffs:  Are You Leaving Money on The Table?

Sham Layoffs: Are You Leaving Money on The Table?

Recognizing the Signs of an Unlawful Layoff | Layoffs must meet very specific conditions outlined in the Employment Standards Act. Some employers cycle their employees through random sham layoffs, making work schedules and income so unpredictable that employees end up quitting in frustration. This is a common cost saving tactic during economic downturns to avoid termination pay.