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Employment Contracts

Entering an employment contract is a major decision. While both parties want to reach an agreement, each party advocates based on his or her own interests and perceived leverage. The employer/practice will present a contract to start the negotiation.

Keep in mind the following:

  • You should retain your own legal counsel to review the contract. That attorney should be experienced in negotiating employment contracts for dentists or physicians in the state where the practice is based. Employment law varies from state-to-state. Your state and local dental associations are potential resources for identifying an experienced attorney.
  • Do not sign a contract until you fully understand the provisions. For example, restrictive covenant or non-solicitation provisions can come back to haunt you if the relationship does not work out. In addition, the conditions for becoming a partner need to be clearly spelled out.

The ADA's Center for Professional Success offers a free-to-members comprehensive publication Employment Agreements: The Devil is in the Details to help you understand and identify red flags in the employment contract.