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Can a sole proprietor increase their wage without warning?

Expert: Howard Levitt

Dana asked:

I own a limited company, and I have a sole proprietor working for me. We have always paid this proprietor $25 an hour. However, recently I received an invoice from him claiming $50 an hour. We have never discussed $50 an hour, do I have to pay the $50 an hour or my $25, that I always been paying.

Howard Levitt answered:

You should pay the sole proprietor $25 an hour, unless you have agreed to pay him/her more.

About the author

Howard Levitt, Counsel to the national law firm Lang Michener. He is author of, The Law of Dismissal in Canada, The Quick Reference Guide to Employment Law and an upcoming book on Canadian Hiring Law. He is Editor In Chief of the Dismissal & Employmnet Law Digest.

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