Employee or Independent Contractor: Why It Matters (Top 5 Legal Matters for Entrepreneurs to Consider Series)

Join WESK and W Law Group for this 5-part webinar series on the Top 5 Legal Matters for Entrepreneurs to Consider.

Non-standard working relationships have been a growing trend over the last few decades for several reasons including the rise of the “gig-economy”. Businesses are using a blend of workers including employees hired on fixed or indefinite terms, and independent contractors or consultants for project-specific services. A common issue for many businesses is determining whether a particular worker is an employee or independent contractor. It is important for businesses to understand how the worker is classified and how that impacts a businesses’ obligations in terms of pay, benefits, and severance among other factors. At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand how working relationships are classified and the risks of misclassification;
  • Assess the advantages that lead businesses to engage in non-standard working relationships;
  • Identify the obligations associated with independent contractors versus employees.

Presented by: Kim Osemlak, Associate, W Law LLP

Kim is an associate with W Law LLP where she has a broad practice including employment and civil litigation. She has experience assisting organizations in drafting and negotiating various agreements such as employment contracts, policies and collective bargaining agreements. An accomplished litigator, she has appeared successfully in all levels of court in Saskatchewan. Kim received her Juris Doctor with distinction at the University of Saskatchewan in 2017, completed her articles with W Law and continues to reside in Saskatoon. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, and sits on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters Saskatoon. In her spare time, Kim enjoys curling, drag racing and spending time with her two cats.

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