Anyone who has gone through the process of choosing a location for a dental practice knows that commercial lease agreements contain potential pitfalls for the unwary. One especially dangerous provision is known as a "relocation clause" (sometimes called a "substitution clause"). In this blog post, we discuss what relocation clauses are, how they may affect your dental practice, and ways your attorney may negotiate them to minimize your exposure.Read More
It has been well-established that making your employees feel appreciated can go a long way towards maintaining their loyalty and even towards increasing productivity. This time of year, one of the most popular ways of doing just that is by awarding holiday bonuses. If you are choosing to award a bonus this year, you are not alone.Read More
Each year as the holidays approach, we continue to be surprised by the number of our clients who believe that they must observe and pay their team for holidays. This includes the belief that you must pay your employees double pay if they work on a holiday. These are, however, just common practices and not a legal requirement.Read More
Purchasing a dental practice is one of the most exciting career milestones a dentist will ever achieve. However, failure to proceed with caution can produce devastating financial consequences and hinder your ability to attain your career goals. Before buying a dental practice, you should ensure that the practice is compatible with your philosophy and long-term professional vision. Additionally, if you have never purchased a business, you should consider seeking the guidance of an experienced dental attorney who can help you make sure that the practice is in good legal and financial standing. Below are the top six questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a dental practice.Read More
Handling “personal issues” with your employees can be a true HR nightmare. The “personal” moniker would cover everything from addressing an employee who uses too much perfume or cologne (or other personal care products) to those with excessively bad breath or personal odor. Unfortunately, in health-based fields in which people work closely with one another, these types of issues simply must be addressed for the comfort of your patients and the rest of your staff.Read More
Depending upon how you look at them, performance reviews are either a dreaded chore or a promising opportunity. If you want your performance reviews to actually mean something - both to you and to your employees, you should follow these three suggestions:Read More
Dentists across many ages and different types of practices are looking for ways to cut back on costs--and sharing dental space is an excellent way to accomplish those goals. There are several key reasons why dentists choose to enter shared space agreements, including reducing overhead, trying to maximize the use of their facility, or minimizing risks as they open their first practice. If you're considering a shared dental space arrangement, it's important to be sure that you understand the details of shared dental space agreements.Read More
When you first start a business, you hire specific people to fill specific roles. But once your practice is up and running, the responsibilities of your individual team members begin to blend with one another. Coworkers begin to understand the roles of those around them, and tasks begin to be accomplished as a team. This process can be extremely beneficial to a business, as it helps to ensure that responsibilities are being met and that patients are receiving the best care possible.Read More
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:
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.