Member firms have identified numerous concerns with the many forms of non-standard agreements that are prevalent. This week’s issue is Insurance Claims.
Agreements sometimes seek to have a consultant disclose their history of professional liability insurance claims, and provide notice to clients if a new claim is made (whether or not it is valid). From a consultant’s perspective, this is an unjustified intrusion on business practices, may conflict with confidentiality provisions, and would be problematic to manage.
Members should feel free to bring their concerns to ACEC-BC by emailing email@example.com an example of the onerous clause in question, describe its impact on engineering firms and provide a recommendation for action. Where you may not have any recommendations, ACEC-BC will consult with the Business Practices Committee and others to develop a response to the client over ACEC-BC letterhead.
For more information on contract language visit www.acec-bc.ca/resources/contract-language/
The Board of Directors of ACEC-BC has identified unfair contracts and onerous clauses as serious problems facing the consulting engineering community. Over the coming months, “Contract Corner” will provide some ideas and guidance on these issues.