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Practice Management Clinics

Thursday, September 15, 2011
8:00AM - 11:00AM


(C) 111A-B


Employment Claims - Avoiding the Inevitable#

Arthur W. Curley, BS, JD
Attorney, Community Dentistry
University of the Pacific
Larkspur, CA


Employment related cases have seen a 250% increase in the last 10 years and continue to be one of the fastest growing areas of litigation. Claims often stem from doctors' lack of knowledge of their obligations, duties and exposures as employers. This program is designed primarily for doctors and office managers, rather than general staff. You will learn the fundamental issues of federal and state employment law; sexual harassment; hiring, disciplining and firing employees; discrimination; maternity leave; and wrongful termination. In addition, there will be advice on protocols for prevention policies, and obtaining insurance coverage for such employment claims. This program will also address employment relationships and how you can protect yourself in cases of doctor employing doctor.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Implement a safe hiring and staff management program, including the minimum appropriate documentation, for increased productivity;
  2. Identify the basic issues of employment laws including issues of compensation (overtime, vacation), pregnancy leave and disability rights; and
  3. Explain local and federal guidelines relating to sexual harassment claims and implmentation of policies, methods of response to prevent claims.

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