November 18, 1964 (26th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. A. J. MacEachsn (Minister of Labour):

In those cases where fishermen have no actual employer, the buyer of their catch is responsible for the payment and recording of unemployment insurance contributions on their behalf, but only if he is dealing with the fishermen face to face.
This limitation is considered essential in the absence of a real employer-employee relationship. In order that the buyer may make the proper contributions for self employed fishermen, he must know what persons actually participated in making the catch, he must obtain their names and insurance numbers, he must ascertain that no other person is legally acting as their employer in respect of that catch, and he must verify several other particulars specified in the regulations. This can only be done adequately when one of the
fishermen who has made the catch delivers it in person to the buyer. It is not considered practicable to maintain control over the plan without this restriction.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS ON BEHALF OF FISHERMEN
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