In April 2018, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench released their decision in Canadian Energy Workers’ Association v ATCO Electric Ltd, a case concerning the legality of drug and alcohol testing. This constitutes yet another case requiring the Court to balance the privacy rights of employees and the importance of maintaining safe workplaces.
Independent contractor versus employee, they may seem easy to distinguish but are you sure you know the difference? The difference between the two can have huge financial implications and liabilities for both the employer and worker if a court or Canada Revenue Agency determines that an independent contractor is more like an employee.
The emergence of companies requiring in-depth Oilfield Service Agreements or Master Service Agreements (“MSA’s) has been a large shift in how business is done in the oilfield sector. MSAs help avoid contractual disputes and reduce the risk of litigation by establishing the basic terms of the relationship between an oil and gas company and an oilfield services company for all future goods and/or services sold between the parties. Once completed, MSA’s permit quick negotiations of job specific terms (or “commercial terms”) such as price in a work order/purchase order or in a quote/RFP without needing to re-negotiate the liabilities (or “legal terms”) each time. Working without an MSA can leave both parties open to risks they hadn’t thought through, having to resort to the expensive court system or far worse, learning that their company agreed to the other party’s hidden “terms and conditions” unknowingly.
With an executive order in January, President Trump has resurrected hopes for what seemed to be a lost cause, the previously rejected TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline project. Such hope has also led to TransCanada temporarily suspending its $15 billion-dollar North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) challenge filed last year in response to the rejection.
We are very proud to announce that Collins Thomas will officially be launching on August 1, 2016. We are excited to get started! Give us a call to say hell0!