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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 Johns Hopkins rescinded the offer, stating that there was no room within the department’s budget to make such an accommodation.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

Case Shows ADA Noncompliance Can Cost You

By Ali Oromchian Esq

As every good employer knows, the Americans with Disabilities Act prevents companies from discriminating against employees and applicants based upon their disabilities. But as a case demonstrates, repeated and/or company-wide failures to follow the ADA’s guidelines, including those which were part of the ADA Amendments Act passed a few years ago, can cost employers big money.

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Posted on 09/04/2019 at 10:58 AM

3 Interview Questions That You Should Be Asking

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Finding the right fit for your practice means more than finding a qualified candidate. While resumes can inform you as to an applicant's education and other qualifications, the interview is where you can determine whether someone is truly the right fit for your company. But how do you truly find the right person? Unfortunately, canned questions usually evoke canned responses, and do little to inform what, for many professionals, is a highly intricate question - are you the right choice for our practice?

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Posted on 07/31/2019 at 12:27 PM

5 Suggestions to Improve Your Hiring Process

By Ali Oromchian Esq

The hiring process can be difficult and expensive. The process can be especially problematic if you end up hiring the wrong person and having to start all over again. Therefore, implementing a few innovative tactics can help you optimize your efforts and find the right person quickly and more easily. Here are 5 suggestions to improve your hiring techniques:

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Posted on 07/24/2019 at 08:54 AM

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

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