No workers' compensation for independent contractor

Worker had too many characteristics of independent contractor to be employee: Tribunal
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/26/2014

An Ontario newspaper delivery person was an independent contractor and not an employee, the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal has ruled.

The worker started working in 1998 as a driver delivering newspapers and fliers for the company. The worker signed a distribution agreement with the intention of signing a new one every year. This continued until 2007, when she didn’t sign an agreement but continued working. She also didn’t sign a distribution agreement in 2008, when she also started working as a part-time school bus driver.