Do Ontario’s laws about pay apply to me?

Find out if you’re an employee

Even if you signed something that says you’re an “independent contractor” or in business for yourself, you might still be an employee and have rights that an employee has.

And the pay rules in the might apply to you.

The law says that whether you’re an independent contractor or employee depends on many different factors.

For example, if you answer “yes” to some of the questions below, you might be an employee no matter what your contract says.

  • Does your employer supervise your work?
  • Does your employer decide what hours you work?
  • Does your employer decide where you work?
  • Does your employer provide the tools and equipment that you use at work?
  • Do you work for only one employer?
  • Do you get paid the same whether the business makes or loses money?

But sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re an independent contractor. This is especially true if you answer “yes” to some questions and “no” to others.

You might need legal advice to figure out if you’re an independent contractor or employee.

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