ON THE LEVEL
Some employers are playing a legal trick on workers to evade obligation to meet minimum employment standards such as overtime rates or vacation pay, and paying premiums for Workers Compensation, Employment Insurance and Canada Pension, and income tax withholding.
Contractor or Employee Online Quiz
The trick is to convince workers that they aren't employees, but "independent contractors."
Often, new employees will be asked to sign a "contract" but simply signing a contract does not make you a contractor.
Although there isn't a simple answer to the question of whether you are legally considered an employee or an independent contractor, take this online quiz to see if you are more likely to be classified as an employee.
Note: The questions and information in these quizzes are taken directly from a Revenue Canada pamphlet entitled "Employee or Self-Employed?". Please see the online version of this pamphlet on the Revenue Canada website for more details.
Contractor or Employee Quiz #1 -- Control
Contractor or Employee Quiz #2 -- Ownership of Tools
Contractor or Employee Quiz #3 -- Chance of Profit/Risk of Loss