When is a contract no longer a contract?

Case involving Ontario insurance agents sheds light on an old practice by employers when it comes to contracts
By Natalie C. MacDonald
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Employers often attempt to introduce new terms and conditions to the employment contract or relationship. At the same time, some employers will attempt to enforce these new terms and conditions without giving the employee the proper opportunity to assess the changes.

When an employer attempts to do this, it puts the employee in a particularly difficult situation. On one hand, if the employee refuses to accept the changes he may be terminated. On the other, if the employee agrees to the changes he may lose any argument to suggest the employer repudiated the contract of employment later on.

Belton v. Liberty Insurance Co. of Canada