Wise Law Blog: Employee or Contractor? Apply the Duck Test…

BY SIMRAN BAKSHI, ASSOCIATE LAWYERHow do Ontario Courts determine if someone is really a contractor or an employee? It may surprise you to learn that the answer is actually quite simple and straightforward. Just apply the duck test: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then lo ...

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Law is Cool: The Supreme Court of Canada decides how to define “employee” for the purposes of human rights legislation

By:  Hermione Shou The Supreme Court of Canada decided on the definition of an “employee” in the McCormick v. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP case on May 22, 2014.  This case sets a precedent for management in many professional firms, especially partnerships, as it identifies what factors distinguish employees from partners.  It also sets out what ...

The Scott Ross: Why Being Conservative With Business Is Bad Business

Turns out Conservatives can’t grow businesses liberally. Go figure. Since Stephen Harper became Prime Minister the World Bank reports that Canada has fallen from the 4th most business friendly nation to the 17th. Data shows that not only has Canada fallen in rank, but the number of new businesses registered annually has gone down and ...