Hiring an Independent Contractor
Employer responsibilities with an Independent Contractor arrangement are less onerous than that of an employee arrangement. Independent Contractors do not require tax deductions nor are they eligible for most benefits under the Employment Standards Act such as paid overtime pay, pregnancy and parental leave, vacation pay, minimum termination and severance pay. Independent contractors invoice you for the service(s) they provide. By law, independent contractors must charge HST on all the invoices.
Note that your responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act including WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) and Bill 168 (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace) do apply to Independent Contractors.
Outside of legal obligations and which employment arrangement you choose, every Employer has the responsibility to provide a clean, safe and professional work environment where people are treated with respect, dignity, independence and equal opportunity. Be the kind of boss you’d want for yourself!
Hiring an Employee
As an Employer you take on both legal and personal responsibilities. Whether you have one person or 10 people working for you, there are responsibilities you must be aware of. These include but are not limited to: