Temp agency not employer: arbitratorOPSEU victory a cautionary tale on ‘true employer’ issueBy Uyen Vu02/26/2007|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/15/2007 Employers seldom consider workers hired through a temporary agency as their employees, but they’re not always right. In a recent ruling, which should serve as a reminder of the complexities around the “true employer” issue, an arbitrator said a group of 64 temp agency workers were employees of the organization contracting the work, not the temp agency.The ruling involved the Ontario Property Assessment Corporation (OPAC), now known as the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. In 2001, after a restructuring created a need for more workers, the corporation turned to Pro Temps, a temporary staffing agency, to quickly engage short-term help. The Pro Temps workers, who would perform the same data entry work as that done by bargaining unit members, were paid $11 per hour, about two-thirds the $17.05-per-hour rate Pro Temps charged OPAC. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.