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Employment agreements eyed in guide

April 21, 2014

Learn about employment agreements and how to decipher them in a new ADA publication.

"Dentist Employment Agreements: A Guide to Key Legal Provisions" is available for download on the ADA Center for Professional Success website at by clicking on the Practice tab, then Professional Pathways, then Employee under the Topics tab.

It provides information on how to understand the ramifications of language used in many dentist employment agreements.

Some highlights include:

•Helping dentists know what questions to ask and discuss with a legal advisor;

•The differences between employees and independent contractors;

•Explanations of salary, commission, bonuses and benefits;

•What a noncompete clause is and how it differs from nonsoliciation;

•How mediation and/or arbitration can resolve disputes;

•Points to consider when hiring a lawyer to review the employment agreement.

The guide was created in response to Resolution 111H-2012 that directed an appropriate ADA agency to establish an educational program to provide assistance and resources to members contemplating employment contracts or associateships. The resources were to specifically target senior dental students, postgraduate students and resident members who have joined the ADA.