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When it Comes to Termination Decisions, Avoid Rationalizing

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Terminations are one of the most difficult parts of being in management. As a result, most business owners and HR directors will do everything possible to try to avoid them. This includes trying to rationalize the employee’s behavior so as to delay, or cancel entirely, the termination decision. Here are some of the most common rationalizations that you, or your managers, may be tempted to use, as well as reasons why this thinking does not benefit your practice:

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Posted on 06/05/2019 at 09:58 AM

Why an Employment Manual is Vital to Your Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

When creating and maintaining your dental practice, it is pertinent that you have everything in order as a means of protecting all aspects of your company. Taking such care is in the best interest of you as the employer, your employees, and your workplace. One of the first items you should create to assist you with this is an employment manual. A company manual clearly lays out and highlights all responsibilities, benefits, and policies that involve all parties in your practice.

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Posted on 03/13/2019 at 01:29 PM

Social Media and Off-the-Clock Posting

By Ali Oromchian Esq

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?

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Posted on 03/06/2019 at 10:13 AM

Three Tips for Hiring and Keeping the Best Dental Associates

By Ali Oromchian Esq

As every good practice owner knows, the right dental associate can truly make or break your business. Associates can help you grow your revenues, allow you more time off to do the things you enjoy, and increase your team’s energy, among other things

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Posted on 02/27/2019 at 10:00 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

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

Understanding Shared Dental Space Agreements

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Dentists across many ages and different types of practices are looking for ways to cut back on costs--and sharing dental space is an excellent way to accomplish those goals. There are several key reasons why dentists choose to enter shared space agreements, including reducing overhead, trying to maximize the use of their facility, or minimizing risks as they open their first practice. If you're considering a shared dental space arrangement, it's important to be sure that you understand the details of shared dental space agreements.

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Posted on 10/24/2018 at 04:53 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

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