If you are in the market to purchase a dental practice, there are a number of things you will need to know about the search process. Whether you are new to the buying game or a seasoned professional, being prepared in advance is the best way to go. By understanding the red flags discussed below and why they are of importance, you will soon be ready to continue forward with the purchase process.Read More
As technology evolves so do the risks to a dental practice especially when it comes to HIPAA and other related security breaches of sensitive data. When you own a dental practice, a data breach occurs when there has been unauthorized access to data that is confidential which includes information such as patients’ social security numbers, names, addresses, birth dates and more. Most data breaches are sourced from several types of events: criminal attacks, system vulnerabilities or human error.Read More
With social media’s prevalence in our society, many dental practices are left feeling victim to scathing social media postings. Many doctors wonder if they can discipline employees for what they do on their own personal social media accounts?Read More
When terminating an employee from a dental practice, every employer must be prepared to deal with the potential consequences. Regardless of whether you have documented the cause for termination, every terminated employee may exercise their right to file for unemployment benefits. While a former employee has an absolute right to file for these benefits, that does not necessarily mean that the claim will be an easy win for either party or that you should even oppose it. In fact, in many cases, it is more advantageous to simply forfeit your participation in these disputes. Discussed below are several reasons why fighting unemployment claims might not be worth the trouble.Read More
Imagine that you have a successful dental practice. You serve your patients to the best of your ability; you try to go above and beyond for them. Then one day, you have an encounter with that patient, or there happens to be some sort of incident or accident. What happens next? Below is a high-level look at the way professional board matters work and how to seek to resolve them.Read More
California labor laws require employers to make “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant employees under current disability leave requirements. But what, exactly, constitutes a sufficient “reasonable accommodation?” Even prior versions of disability laws require employers to make these reasonable accommodations, but the laws did little to explain what “reasonable accommodations” meant for practical purposes. The most recent laws provide more information as to what employers must do in order to meet this standard.Read More
Ideally, when you put together a dental partnership, you include the terms for what you needed to do later, if one or both of you wanted out of the partnership agreement. Unfortunately, that's not always the case, which means that you might need help to figure out how to effectively dissolve your partnership in a way that works for both of you. Whether you have a contract that clearly sets out how you need to go about dissolving your dental partnership or you're not sure where to start with the dissolution, there are several steps to follow.Read More
Both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) require California employers to make “reasonable accommodations” for their disabled employees. A reasonable accommodation is a job modification or adjustment provided to a qualifying employee with a disability that allows this employee to perform the essential functions of his or her job. The question becomes whether a disabled employee is able to request a leave of absence as part of a “reasonable accommodation.”Read More
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:Read More
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.