Find out if you're an employee

What are the rules about how many hours I have to work?
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Find out if you're an employee

Employers sometimes want you to agree that you're in business for yourself and you're not an employee. This can be a way to avoid the rules about hours of work that apply to employees.

But 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 rules in Ontario's Employment Standards Act about hours of work might apply to you.

Figuring out if you're an independent contractor

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

Sometimes it's hard to know if you're an independent contractor.

You might need legal advice to figure it out.

Reviewed: March 9, 2018

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