Chapter 1: canadian work law in a nutshell. The laws that apply for an employee and an independent contractor was completely different, even if the work that they both perform is the same. Employment: an organizational form through which a person (employee) sells his or her labor power to a buyer of labor (employer) in exchange for value and in which the relationship is governed by an employment contract. The map of law is a high-level map of how canadian law governs the employment relationship. It does so through 3 distinctions: 1) the common law of employment: regulatory law; and 3) collective bargaining law. The common law regime: the law contracts: and individual employers contracts between legally binding agreement consisting of reciprocal promises. The important part of the common law regime is the contract, specifically employment (non-union) employees. Contract: a between two or more parties. An employment contract may be written or oral.