Employment and Human Resource Matters

The Value of a Personal Assistant for the Busy Dentist

If you were to ask a busy dentist how their personal and professional goals and tasks are achieved while battling an inbox full of unread emails, numerous voicemails from the night before, a line of people waiting to speak with them, and personal to-dos that have not been completed—you will receive many responses—including a lack […]

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Tips to Using Social Media for Your Dental Practice

According to the Pew Research Center 72{c91082aefe0e580fe546c40af534787b48cfd474f8c9ab8dac50bf49a7a1c43a} of men, and 76{c91082aefe0e580fe546c40af534787b48cfd474f8c9ab8dac50bf49a7a1c43a} of women use a social media site on a regular basis. And with over 100 social media properties, there is no lack of options for users, with each offering various ways to connect and share. The biggest benefit to social media is that it […]

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Dental Hygienists: Independent Contractor or Employee?

We want to make our dental practice clients aware that dental hygienists—whether full-time or part-time, permanent or temporary, or even if only working for one day—do not qualify as independent contractors under Federal or State law. Dental hygienists are almost always employees and should be paid as employees. We certainly understand that some dental practice […]

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A Healthy Dental Practice Needs a Smart Digital Plan

Since keeping your practice healthy in the long-term means not just quality care for your current patients, but continuing to bring in new ones, it is important to know the best place to find them and search engines are an increasingly popular hangout. Using a search engine to do everything from buying a book to […]

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Legal Obligations of a Doctor Terminating a Patient Relationship

The dental attorneys at Nardone Limited in Columbus, Ohio are responsible for assisting dentists with a variety of matters, including labor and employment issues, human resource issues, and a wide scope of legal issues. Occasionally, we are asked to assist dentists as they terminate patient relationships. As a dentist, it is very important that you […]

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FLSA Compliance Audit versus FLSA Position Audit

The dental attorneys at Nardone Limited regularly assist our clients with labor, employment, and human resource issues, including providing guidance on the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and its regulations.  One very important aspect of operating a dental practice is ensuring that the dental practice complies with federal and state labor and employment laws, rules, […]

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EEOC Releases 2014 Charge Statistics

The dental attorneys at Nardone Limited regularly assist our dental practice clients with labor, employment, and human resource issues, including providing guidance on preventing and responding to discrimination and harassment charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) or the civil rights commission for the state where your practice and its employees are located. […]

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The Importance of Email Maintenance: How Long is Your Dental Practice Storing Emails?

The dental attorneys at Nardone Limited in Columbus, Ohio, continuously monitor recent trends in the law in order to better serve our clients. In the wake of the recent Sony Corp. data breach, the security of e-mails and other electronically stored information has become a major concern for businesses, both big and small. In a […]

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Is it Necessary to Pull Patients’ Credit Reports?

More and more healthcare providers are pulling patients’ credit reports to assist with deciding how to work with patients on billing. The large credit reporting companies such as TransUnion and Experian now offer less expensive versions of specialized reports that are typically sold to hospitals by smaller healthcare providers. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, […]

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How Training Can Prevent Claims of Harassment in the Dental Office

The U.S. Supreme Court views training, in addition to developing and implementing policies and procedures addressing discrimination/harassment, as part of an employer’s responsibility to exercise reasonable care to prevent harassment. See Faragher v. Boca Raton, 524 U.S. 775 (1998).  The goal of such training is to keep employees out of trouble when it comes to […]

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