Contractors on the road to employee status?

Tow truck drivers signed as independent contractors but CAA duties took up most of their time
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 12/11/2013

instalment of You Make the Call features a dispute over whether tow truck drivers were employees or contractors with a towing company.

SB Towing is a towing and roadside assistance company in London, Ont. It had several truck drivers in its service with which it signed independent contractor agreements. The company was also under contract to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) to provide roadside assistance to CAA members.

SB Towing provided trucks with CAA mobile computers on board for the drivers and CAA calls were to take priority over any other calls. Drivers were free to take other calls, but if a CAA call came in, it became top priority as SB Towing was required to provide immediate service under its deal with CAA.