independent contractors

Ontario Court Orders Employer to Pay $50,000 in Punitive Damages

Ontario Court Orders Employer to Pay $50,000 in Punitive Damages

In the recent decision of Morison v Ergo-Industrial Seating Systems Inc. the Ontario Superior Court of Justice made an award of $50,000.00 in punitive damages against the defendant employer. This decision is an important reminder to all Ontario employers of the type of conduct which may attract punitive damages.

Employees in Disguise: Are You Truly an 'Independent Contractor'?

The Ontario economy has been hit hard over the past several years. As such, many employers have sought ways to reduce workforce-associated costs. One common tactic has been to replace employees with contractors. Four significant and cost-limiting changes result when an independent contractor, rather than an employee, is engaged.