An Ounce of Prevention: The Benefits of Dental Employment Contracts (Part 2)

In the last post, we provided an overview of some of the benefits a properly drafted dental employment contract can provide to an employer. In this post, we will discuss the methods by which an employer can impose a new dental employment contract on existing employees.

Implementing the Agreements

If possible, we recommend that employers put employment contracts in place prior to the employee commencing employment, by having prospective employees sign written offers of employment before commencing employment. This ensures that the terms of employment are clear from the beginning of the relationship. However, the reality is that many dental offices have employees working without written agreements in place. In cases where a dentist has employees working without written dental employment contracts, steps should be taken to ensure they are implemented sooner rather than later. Continue reading

An Ounce of Prevention: The Benefits of Dental Employment Contracts (Part 1)

A question we often receive from dentists who run their own practice is: “What are the benefits of having written dental employment contracts in place?” Often (and unfortunately), this question comes too late, and a dentist employer is already entangled in a costly legal dispute with a former employee. The simple answer to this question quickly becomes evident: Employment contracts provide the dentist employer with protection and certainty of terms, both during, and at the end of, the employment relationship.

Over the course of two posts, we will provide you with an outline of the benefits of implementing dental employment contracts in your office, as well as information on how the implementation process must be handled.

So, what are the benefits?

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