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Does Your Practice Provide Holiday Bonuses?

By Ali Oromchian Esq

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.

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Posted on 11/28/2018 at 10:30 AM

The Myth of Holiday Pay

By Ali Oromchian Esq

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.

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Posted on 11/21/2018 at 09:04 AM

Addressing Uncomfortable Issues: Straightforward is Best

By Ali Oromchian Esq

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.

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Posted on 11/07/2018 at 01:02 PM

3 Ways to Make Your Performance Review Process More Effective

By Ali Oromchian Esq

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:

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Posted on 10/31/2018 at 01:07 PM

4 Ways to Strengthen Team Dynamics Within Your Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

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.

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Posted on 10/17/2018 at 10:45 AM

5 Effective Ways to Deal with Workplace Incompetence

By Ali Oromchian Esq

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:

 

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Posted on 10/10/2018 at 11:11 AM

Progressive Employee Discipline: Punishment vs. Education

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Progressive discipline can be an effective way of handling employees who have behavioral or performance issues. Problems such as arriving late or falling behind in tasks can usually be remedied without the need for formal discipline or termination. The concept is to bring the error to the employee’s attention with the explanation that as long as the issue is remedied, there will be no further outcome. If, however, the issue continues to arise, then additional disciplinary measures may need to be implemented.

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Posted on 09/19/2018 at 09:46 AM

What Truly Constitutes “Discrimination” in the Workplace?

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Generally speaking, discrimination is defined as unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from another person or group. But discrimination in the workplace - meaning legally-defined and actionable discrimination - is more than that. In California, the disparate treatment which constitutes discrimination must be based upon a person’s inclusion in a protected class. These classes include race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability. California state law also prohibits discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or medical or genetic condition.

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Posted on 09/05/2018 at 09:00 AM

Terminations: Be Careful What You Say

By Ali Oromchian Esq

We have often spoke about the importance of documentation and the need for outlining your reasons when it comes to terminating an employee. But a recent case shows why you should also be careful exactly what you say. In Baez v. Anne Fontaine USA Inc., an employee went to HR complaining about co-workers who were gossiping about her. In particular, coworkers were spreading a rumor that the employee, Rochelly Baez, had worn a sheer shirt with nothing under it in a recent meeting with the boss. The employer said that the matter was investigated but no disciplinary measures were taken.

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Posted on 08/29/2018 at 03:31 PM

Communicating Dental Practice Transitions To Your Team And Patients

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Big transitions can be a huge step for your practice and at some point, you will need to notify your team and patients you're buying a dental practice, selling a dental practice, or putting together a purchase agreement. Make sure that you share the right information with the important people within your practice. These strategies will allow you to communicate more effectively with your patients and your team. 

 

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Posted on 08/22/2018 at 11:19 AM

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