Understanding Dental Employment Agreements

Munir Gomaa

Munir Gomaa

By: Munir Gomaa

(Class of 2017, SIUE School of Dental Medicine)

Dental Employment Agreements, similar to physician employment agreements should be reviewed by an attorney to ensure compliance with industry standards.  Specifically, we recommend focusing on the following items:

  • At-Will vs. Term Agreement
    • Is Agreement subject to automatic renewals
  • Exclusivity and Outside Services
    • Is dentist allowed to practice at other offices or provide volunteer services.
  • Duties
    • Clinical (specify based on your specialty)
      • Work Days and Hours
      • Be specific so as to apply the right standard of care!
      • Protect your independent medical judgment
    • Administrative  (does the practice require participation in clinical quality control committees, local professional association participation, etc.)
    • Marketing and Office Management
  • Compensation Models
    • Base Salary
    • Production Based
    • Base/Production Hybrid
  • Fringe Benefits
    • Relocation Expenses
    • Signing Bonus
    • Productivity Bonus
    • Deferred Compensation
    • Paid Time Off
    • CME and Business Expenses
    • Health/Dental/Vision/Disability Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
    • Occurrence vs. Claims Made
    • Tail Insurance
  • Termination Rights
    • For Cause (for dentist and employer)
    • Without Cause (terminate agreement at anytime for any reason)
    • Automatic Termination (termination due to inability to practice)
  • Restrictive Covenants
    • Non-Competition
      • Mile radius based on location of practice
      • Should be tied to type of termination
    • Non-Solicitation
      • Should apply to clients, referral sources, and employees/staff
    • Non-Disparagement
      • Dentist and practice cannot speak ill or otherwise disparage each other to third parties
    • Confidentiality
  • Partnership/Equity
    • Not guaranteed right away
    • Should include language to consider the possibility in 2-4 years based on production and performance.

In addition to the major points discussed above, there are a variety of other provisions you will find in your dental employment agreement.  Your first employment contract establishes baselines for your next position, and it is critical to have it reviewed by an attorney.

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