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The Importance of Dental Employment Agreementsby David Cohen, Esq
When considering an associate dentist as a valuable addition to your practice, establishing an employment contract with terms that satisfy both you and the employee will set the tone for a positive work environment. More importantly, the formation of such contract will protect your dental practice from unforeseeable issues that could arise during the term of your dental associate’s employment. It is probable that legal issues could cause significant financial harm and damage the good name of your practice without the protection of an employment contract.
An employing dentist must include basic items in the employment contract to ensure that all parties involved have a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities. Items normally included in the contract address what the associate dentist is expecting from his or her employer; including, but not limited to, the term of employment, expected obligations of the employee, benefits including health, life, or disability, vacation or sick day policies, reasons for termination, and the associate’s compensation. Both parties must thoroughly understand and believe that the terms of employment are fair prior to signing the contract. Additionally, all issues must be addressed while reviewing the document, providing little to no room for later issues to arise during the term of employment.
Along with the basics, there are items that an employer must consider when drafting the employment contract. It is strongly recommended that an employing dentist spend additional time placing in writing all potential situations that may cause issues between the parties involved. A legal expert would be of great assistance to draft a contract that takes into full consideration every factor that may put a dental practice at risk. It is crucial to provide as much detail as possible for each item included in the contract, such as the amount and structure of an associate’s compensation...
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