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There are three ways work is done - by Agents, by Employees, or by Independent Contractors. Each has different laws, rights and responsibilities. Confusing the categories can have major legal consequences... Contractors can be deemed employees... Employees can be acting as Agents yet not be personally liable for their own mistakes... Contractors can avoid liability for negligence… These and many more situations can expose your company to legal jeopardy. If you don't know exactly how to define and contract with the Employee, Agent or Independent Contractor, this course is for you.

This is a full day of instruction, focusing upon the legalities, similarities and differences between Agents, Employees and Independent Contractors, including:

The Agency relationship
The Employment relationship
The Independent Contractor Relationship
Personal liability of Agents and Employees
The Special Risks of "Contracting Out"
The Hidden Dangers of being an Agent
Conflicts of Interest (definition and resolution)
Wrongful and Lawful dismissal of Employees
The Implied Conditions of the Agency and Independent Contractor Contract
Sample clauses and checklists for Agency
The rights, responsibilities and differences between Agents, Employees and Independent Contractors
Terminating the Independent Contractor Agreement

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Upcoming Courses

To find out if any public session of this seminar is being offered in your region in the near future, please visit our Calendar Page. If no public session is listed, you can request an in-house presentation for your team. If you have 10 to 40 people in your organization to train, please contact us at We would be happy to put together a customized proposal for your purchasing group.

If you are a member of a regional or national purchasing group or professional organization, and wish to host a seminar, please be in touch to request a customized proposal for your membership. Keynote Presentations can be added for conferences, round tables and group meetings.

If you are interested in having a public course in your region, please fill out our Mailing List Form. When we have 25 people from any city interested in a course, we will schedule it in a public venue. Thanks.

About the Instructor:


An award-winning lecturer in law, Robert C. Worthington, LLB, has taught purchasers, contract managers and their legal counsel throughout Canada for 30 years, specializing in the laws of contract, competitive bidding and procurement. He has written three books on contract and procurement law, designed especially for contracting and purchasing professionals. All of Robert's publications and law seminars are entertaining as well as informative. For more information, please check out the links on this website.

PO Box 2801
Sidney, B.C.  V8L 5Y9
Tel: 250-580-6044

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