June 9, 2021
Ontario Superior Court Revisits Whether COVID-19 Layoff is Constructive Dismissal

In its April 27, 2021 decision in Coutinho v Ocular Health Centre (2021 ONSC 3076), the Ontario Superior Court found a COVID-19-related temporary layoff was a constructive termination. Understandably, employers were concerned about the impact this would have on their liability as a result of COVID-19 layoffs that many of them engaged in. We now […]

October 25, 2020
Layoff vs. Termination in 2020: Calgary and Strathmore Employment Lawyer Breaks it Down

What’s the difference between a layoff and a termination? Layoff vs. Termination in 2020: Calgary and Strathmore Employment Lawyer Breaks it Down Although many assume using the words “laid off” is a more polite way of saying “fired” or “terminated,” the terms are actually quite different. When an employee is terminated, their employer is ending […]

September 4, 2018
When Can Employers Legally Impose Drug Testing After Workplace Incidents?

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 in the workplace. The Court was asked to review an Arbitrator’s ruling that ATCO Electric was legally permitted to test two employees after a […]

October 12, 2017
Safety v. Privacy: The Random Drug Testing Dilemma

On September 28, 2017, the Alberta Court of Appeal released its decision in Suncor Energy Inc v Unifor Local 707A, 2017 ABCA 313.  This decision is significant in understanding when an employer can justify random testing in a workplace. Prior to this case, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that an employer cannot unilaterally introduce […]

June 7, 2017
Independent Contractor vs Employee: A Costly Difference

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.     Companies […]

May 30, 2017
Master Service Agreements: Managing Your Risks

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 […]

March 4, 2017
TransCanada Temporarily Suspends $15 Billion Dollar NAFTA Challenge

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.  Reasons […]

July 18, 2016
Our Launch!

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 hello!

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