CBC News recently broke the story of one of Canada’s leading telecommunication companies violating employment law by misclassifying its workers as contractors. Shaw Communications received two complaints from former workers who claim that they were mistreated by working as employees day to day but forced to be paid as independent contractors.
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• Rob Browbridge and Tasha Lowe claim they were underpaid during their employment
• Both workers signed contracts as independent contractors
• Both workers did not have any benefits
• Both workers were not paid overtime or vacation pay
• Both workers had to file their own taxes and did not receive T4’s
• Shaw Communications dictated their work and schedule
After filing a complaints to federal regulators, both incidents resulted in violations of the Canadian Labour Codes, the pair were deemed employees vs. independent contractors and Shaw was forced to pay back wages and overtime pay to Rob Browbridge and Tasha Lowe.
It is believed that similar cases are taking place all across Canada, in businesses of all sizes. With stricter CRA guidelines, more frequent audits, and more knowledgeable workers, it is of immense importance that organizations properly educate themselves on the risks involved with working with independent contractors. Without the proper processes and documentation in place, organizations could be liable for millions of dollars.
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