Businesses engaged in a single undertaking may, in the interest of minimizing their legal risk or tax planning, conduct their business using separate legal entities. For example, a business may hold its assets in one corporate entity but hire and pay employees using a separate corporate entity that does not hold any assets or has only very limited assets. Rarely, if ever, will the employee have any say in how the business organizes itself or what corporate entity it will hold its assets in. While this may leave the employee vulnerable if she is employed by the corporate entity that does not hold assets if she needs to pursue the latter for outstanding wages or termination pay, common law and employment standards statute offer some protection to the employee in such case.
At common law, the common employer doctrine allows the court to treat separate legal entities, in appropriate cases, as a single employer for the purposes of attaching liability for such things as outstanding wages or termination or severance pay
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