Employee or independent contractor?

Determination important when complying with standards laws
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 04/03/2017
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A recently proposed class-action lawsuit highlights the importance of businesses properly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors under employment standards laws.

In January, Toronto-based law firm Samfiru Tumarkin filed a class-action lawsuit in the Ontario Superior Court against Uber Technologies, seeking $200 million in damages for Ontario residents who have driven for the ride-sharing service since 2012.

The lawsuit claims that the drivers are employees, not independent contractors as Uber classifies them.