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5 Effective Ways to Deal with Workplace Incompetence

By Ali Oromchian Esq

If you haven’t had to suffer through an “incompetent” worker, consider yourself lucky. Whether due to flimsy hiring practices or the implementation of new equipment or strategies, many practitioners find themselves dealing with one or more employees who simply can’t seem to “catch on.” Here are some suggestions to help you approach employees who are falling behind the learning curve:

 

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Posted on 10/10/2018 at 11:11 AM

Understanding Non-Competition Agreements for Dental Practices

By Ali Oromchian Esq

What does a non-competition agreement mean?

There are usually three scenarios when non-competition agreements or as some refer to as, restrictive covenants come into play.

 

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Posted on 10/03/2018 at 09:00 AM

Selecting Your Advising Team When Buying a Dental Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Buying a dental practice doesn't happen in one smooth, easy step. In fact, throughout every step of this process, you need a team of advisors that will help track your needs and ensure that you are making wise financial and legal decisions to protect yourself as you purchase your practice and learn more about what it has to offer.

Before you purchase a dental practice, you need to:

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Posted on 09/26/2018 at 10:36 AM

Progressive Employee Discipline: Punishment vs. Education

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Progressive discipline can be an effective way of handling employees who have behavioral or performance issues. Problems such as arriving late or falling behind in tasks can usually be remedied without the need for formal discipline or termination. The concept is to bring the error to the employee’s attention with the explanation that as long as the issue is remedied, there will be no further outcome. If, however, the issue continues to arise, then additional disciplinary measures may need to be implemented.

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Posted on 09/19/2018 at 09:46 AM

How To Value A Dental Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

When you are looking to buy or sell a dental practice, there are a number of steps you must take in order to be successful. If you are a dentist who is looking to sell, you might want to know what the market is like and what your practice is worth. Alternatively, if you are looking to purchase a dental practice, you might want to evaluate the value of that practice yourself, instead of solely relying on the assertions of the seller. Regardless of which party you are, you will need to be fully armed with the knowledge and understanding of how the evaluation process works. Failure to be informed could lead to a bad deal, sure to be accompanied by buyer’s or seller’s remorse.

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Posted on 09/12/2018 at 03:43 PM

What Truly Constitutes “Discrimination” in the Workplace?

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Generally speaking, discrimination is defined as unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from another person or group. But discrimination in the workplace - meaning legally-defined and actionable discrimination - is more than that. In California, the disparate treatment which constitutes discrimination must be based upon a person’s inclusion in a protected class. These classes include race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability. California state law also prohibits discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or medical or genetic condition.

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Posted on 09/05/2018 at 09:00 AM

Terminations: Be Careful What You Say

By Ali Oromchian Esq

We have often spoke about the importance of documentation and the need for outlining your reasons when it comes to terminating an employee. But a recent case shows why you should also be careful exactly what you say. In Baez v. Anne Fontaine USA Inc., an employee went to HR complaining about co-workers who were gossiping about her. In particular, coworkers were spreading a rumor that the employee, Rochelly Baez, had worn a sheer shirt with nothing under it in a recent meeting with the boss. The employer said that the matter was investigated but no disciplinary measures were taken.

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Posted on 08/29/2018 at 03:31 PM

Communicating Dental Practice Transitions To Your Team And Patients

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Big transitions can be a huge step for your practice and at some point, you will need to notify your team and patients you're buying a dental practice, selling a dental practice, or putting together a purchase agreement. Make sure that you share the right information with the important people within your practice. These strategies will allow you to communicate more effectively with your patients and your team. 

 

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Posted on 08/22/2018 at 11:19 AM

The Basics of Shareholders and Shares For Your Dental Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Shareholder agreements: what, exactly, are they? How will they help you form the backbone of your dental practice? If you're thinking about forming a partnership with another dentist, especially if you're thinking about forming a partnership with several dentists, it's important that you understand the distinction between shareholder agreements and partnership agreements--and how shareholder agreements can help improve the functionality of your practice. 

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Posted on 08/15/2018 at 08:09 AM

3 Employer Actions Which Increase The Likelihood of Lawsuits

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Unfortunately, for employers, no business is completely safe from labor disputes. Even if you follow all laws to the letter, there is nothing stopping a disgruntled employee from making a claim. Fortunately, in addition to following all applicable laws, there are actions which, if avoided, can lessen your chances of being subjected to legal claims. Here are three employer actions which can increase the likelihood of a lawsuit:

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Posted on 08/08/2018 at 09:50 AM

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