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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

Dental Law: What to Look for in Dental Associate Contracts as an Associate Dentist

By Ali Oromchian Esq

If you are an associate seeking a position, knowing what to look for and what to include in an associate contract is critical in protecting your best interests. Several key components that an associate contract should include are the salary and benefits package, the terms of employment, and what happens in the case of a separation. Similar to our previous blog on what to look for in associate contracts as a practice owner, we discuss several key items that you should include or keep an eye out for when negotiating associate contracts.

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Posted on 05/01/2019 at 01:43 PM

Dental Law: What to Look for in Dental Associate Contracts as a Practice Owner

By Ali Oromchian Esq

If you are the owner of a dental practice, knowing what to look for and what to include in an associate contract is critical in protecting your best interests. Several main components that an associate contract should include are the salary and benefits package, the terms of employment, and what happens in the case of a separation. Below are several key items that you should include or keep an eye out for when negotiating associate contracts.

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Posted on 04/24/2019 at 12:11 PM

Interviewing Employees as Part of a Workplace Investigation - 5 Steps

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Interviewing potential employees for a job is completely different from interviewing current employees about an office issue. And the latter can present much more of a challenge due to the delicate nature of the topic, as well as the fact that you are unlikely to be as well-practiced in this activity. Here are some suggestions for making the process go smoothly:

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Posted on 12/12/2018 at 10:36 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

How Documentation Can Protect Your Practice in, and from, Labor Disputes

By Ali Oromchian Esq

From the day you hire your first employee, your practice has effectively opened itself up to potential labor disputes. From discrimination claims to unpaid wage allegations, wronged employees can use a variety of legal protections to protect themselves from unscrupulous employers. But what about unjustified allegations? Unfortunately, they do exist, making it advantageous for business owners to be proactive about protecting their practice from such claims.

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Posted on 09/20/2017 at 10:00 AM

Crafting Confidentiality Policies In Employment Documents

By Ali Oromchian Esq

The drafting and implementation of employment contracts may not be one of the most exciting parts of running a dental and medical practice, but these contracts have become a necessary component of most successful businesses. Employment contracts can cover everything from salary and bonus structures to parking policies and the office dress code. In other words, employment contracts are intended to be flexible, “living” documents which can be modified to address a wide array of employee rights and responsibilities.

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Posted on 02/12/2016 at 01:00 PM

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