Understanding Employment Agreements
The ADA is here to help you understand your employment contracts before you sign.
Here you'll find an overview of everything presented at the ADA Success program, as well as links to further resources.
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Employment Agreement Basics
Your employment agreement, or contract, will reflect the type of employment you are entering into, whether an employee or contractor for a traditional, large group or time-share/solo group practice. Make sure you get it in writing. A written agreement can help answer questions about the relationship in advance, and reduce the likelihood of misunderstandings. Get a lawyer's opinion that written contract is enforceable so intentions are clear should a dispute arise.
Resources on Employment Agreements
Learn more about employment agreements by viewing the Employment Agreements
seminar on Center for Professional Success. The publication Dentist Employment Agreements: A Guide to Key Legal Provisions
also explains many of the terms and provisions common to dental employment agreements. The material is presented in a manner to help you consider and review a contract of employment. It’s not a substitute for a lawyer
, but can help you know what questions to ask and discussions to have with your legal advisor. Some of the topics covered include:
- The differences between employees and independent contractors
- Explanations of salary, commission, bonuses and benefits
- What a non-compete clause is and how it differs from non-solicitation
- How mediation and/or arbitration can resolve disputes
- Points to consider when hiring a lawyer to review the employment agreement
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