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How Demographics Impact Your Dental Practice Location

By Ali Oromchian Esq

When you open a new dental practice, it's important to understand the demographics of the area. Checking out the area's demographics can also give you a better idea of whether you want to open your own practice or buy an existing practice. Before you dive in with your new dental practice, make sure you understand these key elements. 

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Posted on 07/17/2019 at 12:08 PM

Rooting Out Lies in the Interview Process

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Hiring new employees can be a difficult process. Complicating factors is that many applicants “fib” on their resumes in an attempt to make themselves seem more qualified than they may actually be. While hooking your interviewees up to a lie detector is still frowned upon, there are other ways that you can detect whether an employee is being dishonest about their qualifications. Here are some suggestions to help you get to the truth:

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Posted on 07/10/2019 at 04:39 PM

How “Caustic” Employees Can Cost You Money

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Everyone knows that employees who consistently underperform or show up late can hurt your business. But another detriment to your practice are so-called “caustic” employees, who impact the attitudes, self-confidence, and perhaps even the productivity of those around them. Caustic employees are ones who:

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Posted on 07/03/2019 at 10:00 AM

Employee Discipline: Always Ensure You Have Documented Justification

By Ali Oromchian Esq

When you discover a problem with an employee, the knee-jerk reaction is to remedy the problem quickly, either via disciplinary action or perhaps even termination. But on-the-spot discipline can have its own unintended consequences, including allegations of improper termination. Worse yet, a disciplined or terminated employee could make allegations of discrimination or harassment which could leave your practice tied up in a labor dispute for months or even years.

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Posted on 06/26/2019 at 12:47 PM

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Compliance Investigations: How to Protect Your Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

It used to be that the U.S. Department of Labor was so preoccupied with investigating wage and hour complaints that Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) complaints often went ignored. But a newfound dedication to addressing FMLA issues has resulted in a number of companies being investigated for failure to comply with FMLA regulations.

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Posted on 06/19/2019 at 10:44 AM

Case Summary: Gender Discrimination Costs Healthcare Firm $125K

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Today’s lesson on what not to do comes from a case filed against a healthcare firm by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, details for which can be found in the the EEOC's announcement of a settlement against Maryland-based Dimensions Healthcare System. 

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Posted on 06/12/2019 at 12:14 PM

When it Comes to Termination Decisions, Avoid Rationalizing

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Terminations are one of the most difficult parts of being in management. As a result, most business owners and HR directors will do everything possible to try to avoid them. This includes trying to rationalize the employee’s behavior so as to delay, or cancel entirely, the termination decision. Here are some of the most common rationalizations that you, or your managers, may be tempted to use, as well as reasons why this thinking does not benefit your practice:

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Posted on 06/05/2019 at 09:58 AM

Understanding Triple Net Leases

By Ali Oromchian Esq

We gave an overview of various dental lease types in a previous post. In this one, we'd like to go into more detail about triple-net leases. Unlike a full-service lease, a net lease requires you to pay extra on top of the base rent. A triple net lease, as the name implies, requires you to pay three extra things. On top of the normal rent payment, a triple net lease will have you paying the taxes, insurance, and maintenance costs for the property. Depending on the terms of the lease, you may also be paying for utilities.

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Posted on 05/29/2019 at 09:29 AM

Estate Planning: Your Guide to Understanding Wills and Trusts

By Ali Oromchian Esq

The topic of death is often an uncomfortable one, but necessary. In the event of your death, what will happen to your assets? Taking care of your family is your number one priority which makes estate planning crucial. Making sure your affairs are in order offers peace of mind that your spouse, children, and family members will be taken care of and protected when you are gone. Dental & Medical Counsel focuses in estate planning as well as other legal services for dentists and doctors. The terms living wills and living trusts are often used interchangeably. Although these two legal documents are both very important to estate planning, they have distinct differences and act in different ways. Let's take a closer look at the...

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Posted on 05/22/2019 at 10:45 AM

Why You Should Always Memorialize Your Business Agreements in Dental Contracts

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Framed in the simplest terms possible, legal disputes are expensive. They waste valuable time and money, and can cause a wealth of other issues along the way. The best way to stop this problem is to try and completely avoid disputes and work to minimize risks. By memorializing your dental practice’s business agreements in contract, you can limit the possible amounts of mitigation you will need to do later. You can even avoid trials by including binding language regarding mediation and arbitration. Overall, making sure that your contract language is both clear and detailed is the first step towards successfully memorializing your business agreements.

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Posted on 05/15/2019 at 10:45 AM

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