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Renseignements en Français

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Independent Contractors

Independent contractors are often individuals in business for themselves.  When this type of contractor has no employees, they are neither employers nor employees - they are self-employed.  As a result, Saskatchewan Employment Standards do not apply.  

If an employer contracts with a self-employed individual and treats that person as an employee, what was once a business to business contract can transform into employment relationship.  Employment Standards will apply.

Contractor versus Employee

The more control an employer has over a contractor’s work, the more likely an employer-employee relationship exists. For example, if in dealing with another business a contractor:

  • Is assigned work, and is told when, where and how this work is done;
  • Is supplied materials, tools, and equipment to perform the work; or
  • Is otherwise integrated into the other business,

then there is a good chance that the contractor is legally the other business’s employee.

Independent contractors

In contrast, independent contractors:

  • are in business for themselves;
  • negotiate business to business contracts for how, when and where their work is performed;
  • can contract work with multiple clients;
  • provide their own tools, supplies and equipment; and
  • risk their own capital, taking profits and losses.

The law in this area can be complex. Businesses may want to consult a lawyer for advice.

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