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Defense in Professional Board Matters

By Ali Oromchian Esq

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. 

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Posted on 02/06/2019 at 11:38 AM

Legal Ramifications of Dental Practice Buy-Ins and Partnership Agreements

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Dental practice buy-ins and the partnership agreements they often require can be challenging issues for any practice, and carry with them a number of potential problems and legal ramifications for the unprepared. Understanding the legal aspects of practice buy-ins and partnership agreements will encourage you to solve problems even before they start. Like any change to a business, preparation is key. Once you have completed your due diligence, valued the practice, and agreed upon a purchase price and financing structure, a partnership agreement will need to be agreed upon and drafted.

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Posted on 01/30/2019 at 09:00 AM

How to Make “Reasonable Accommodations” for Your Pregnant Employees

By Ali Oromchian Esq

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.

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Posted on 01/09/2019 at 11:29 AM

Disabled Employees and Leaves of Absence

By Ali Oromchian Esq

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.”

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Posted on 12/26/2018 at 08:00 AM

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

What Dentists Need to Know About Relocation Clauses in Commercial Leases

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Anyone who has gone through the process of choosing a location for a dental practice knows that commercial lease agreements contain potential pitfalls for the unwary. One especially dangerous provision is known as a "relocation clause" (sometimes called a "substitution clause"). In this blog post, we discuss what relocation clauses are, how they may affect your dental practice, and ways your attorney may negotiate them to minimize your exposure. 

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Posted on 12/05/2018 at 11:51 AM

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

The Top Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Buying a Dental Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Purchasing a dental practice is one of the most exciting career milestones a dentist will ever achieve. However, failure to proceed with caution can produce devastating financial consequences and hinder your ability to attain your career goals. Before buying a dental practice, you should ensure that the practice is compatible with your philosophy and long-term professional vision. Additionally, if you have never purchased a business, you should consider seeking the guidance of an experienced dental attorney who can help you make sure that the practice is in good legal and financial standing. Below are the top six questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a dental practice. 

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Posted on 11/14/2018 at 11:33 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

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