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Legal Due Diligence When Purchasing a Dental Practice

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

If you are a recent dental school graduate or perhaps an associate dentist working for someone else and are thinking about purchasing a dental practice, there are some important factors to consider. Buying a dental practice instead of starting your own can be rewarding and provide you a waiting-room full of patients, the equipment you need, and reliable employees on your first day in the office.

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Posted on 07/15/2020 at 10:14 AM

How to Ensure Remote Employees are Not Violating HIPAA

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

We are going through unprecedented times with the current COVID-19 pandemic and many dental practices have been forced to resort to working remotely as an option to keep their practices financially sustainable and, most importantly, to keep their patients and team members at home and practicing good social distancing to combat the spread of the virus.

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Posted on 04/23/2020 at 03:04 PM

Covid-19 Resources for Employers

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

We know you’ve been exposed to a great amount of information about the COVID-19 crisis and what it means for your practice. In order to better serve you, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you make sense of all the information available. Continue to visit this page for more updates and resources!   

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Posted on 03/25/2020 at 04:56 PM

A Timely Response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Concerns

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

While businesses may not need to begin stockpiling toilet paper, a measured response to the spread of COVID-19 should not be delayed by the savvy business owner. The growing risk of the pandemic COVID-19 (as described on March 11, 2020 by the director of the World Health Organization) virus has an undeniable effect on businesses in or near affected areas. It is advisable to be prepared, issuing company-wide advice on healthy best practices, backed by advice from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It may also become prudent to plan for employee absences, or the possibility of government-mandated isolation.

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Posted on 03/13/2020 at 11:12 AM

Case Study: Hospital Changed Shift Requirements Affecting Worker on FMLA Leave

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

In Quigley v. Meritus Health, Inc., a court held that a hospital’s decision to change shift requirements which affected a worker on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave did not constitute unlawful interference. In this case, an ultrasound technician who was on FMLA leave was the hospital’s only technician who had a set schedule, working 8 hours per day Wednesday through Sunday. The hospital implemented a requirement that all ultrasound techs work rotating schedules so as to have an ultrasound technician available to patients 24 hours per day. This regulation affected the employee on leave more than any other worker as the employee was the only ultrasound tech on a set schedule at the time that the change went into effect....

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Posted on 03/05/2020 at 09:59 AM

6 Things to Consider When Terminating an Associate

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

Terminating an associate is never easy, nor is it something to consider lightly. If you're thinking about terminating an associate at your dental practice, not only do you want to be sure that you protect yourself and your practice, but that you take the right steps to remain a reasonable employer. Make sure you keep these key things in mind. 

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Posted on 02/26/2020 at 10:46 AM

California Employment Law Update: How to Get Your Office HR Compliant for 2020

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

Human resource compliance can be challenging. The requirements continue to get more complex every year as they are updated to address current issues regarding labor and employment.

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Posted on 01/29/2020 at 10:40 AM

Anxiety, Disability, and ADA Compliance

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

People with disabilities, including those who have a physical, sensory, cognitive, or mental impairment are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA covers a variety of areas, including all aspects of employment — reviewing applications, interviewing, hiring, training, promotion, salary, and termination, as well as employee benefits and workplace privileges.

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Posted on 01/08/2020 at 10:00 AM

ADA Ruling Against Hospital: High Cost Does Not Qualify As “Undue Hardship”

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

In this 2017 case study, Johns Hopkins Hospital had been issued a tough blow: In Searls v. Johns Hopkins Hospital, a deaf nurse accepted a job offer from the hospital, and then informed them that she would need an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter in order to perform her job functions. Johns Hopkins rescinded the offer, stating that there was no room within the department’s budget to make such an accommodation. Therefore, the hospital reasoned, they were under no obligation to provide the interpreter because the cost for the interpreter constituted an “undue hardship” and therefore was not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The nurse filed a discrimination suit, and the court found against Johns...

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Posted on 12/04/2019 at 09:38 AM

7 Tips to Successfully Transition Team Members After a Dental Practice Purchase

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

Purchasing your first dental practice is one of the most exciting endeavors you will experience as a businessperson. After completing years of education, training, and supervised work, you will finally be able to live your dream of owning your own dental practice.

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Posted on 10/23/2019 at 11:58 AM

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