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Physician Employment Contracts: How to Avoid Conflict if an Employment Relationship Sours

In the ever-changing healthcare industry, one consistent trend has emerged in recent years—a shift from physicians being employed by physician-owned practices to physicians being employed by larger healthcare entities. In the event a physician employment relationship deteriorates, and because a difficult physician separation can have substantial consequences, healthcare entities and physicians may want to consider a number of factors and steps that could avoid time-consuming and expensive litigation.

The SEC Continues to Limit Language in Employment-Related Contracts

In orders issued just six days apart last month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected language in severance agreements requiring employees to waive rights to receive additional monetary recovery, particularly awards for providing information to government enforcement agencies. The Commission’s actions underscore its continuing scrutiny of any provisions that might impede the flow of information to the government, even where there is no evidence of any such effect. They also drive home that employers must continue to stay abreast of legal developments and modify their policies, practices, and agreements promptly.

Employment Contracts – Who Needs Them And What Needs To Be In Them?

As indicated in the companion article written by Candice Pinares-Baez, January begins the hiring season for most schools. Job fairs, conferences, and recruiting are in full force. It is also the time to take a look at your employment contracts to ensure that when you find the perfect employee, you are issuing to them an employment contract that works for you and not against you.

Does Not Renewing A Teacher's Contract Risk An Employment Lawsuit?

Before deciding to terminate a teacher's employment contract, a school is likely to take several steps. The school's administrator will carefully review the contract to ensure that the school complies with any provision that requires "good cause" for termination. The human resources director will scrutinize the articulated reason for termination in order to confirm that the decision does not appear to be based on unlawful discrimination or retaliation. The Head of School may even consult with legal counsel about the termination decision.
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