DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 45
Generally speaking, there is no obligation on an employer to provide a reference. However, if you do choose to give one it must be true, accurate and fair. This duty is owed to both the recipient, new employer, and the subject of the reference, the ex-employee. This means you have to balance your duties to both when responding to reference requests. The...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 44
Just the mere mention of Fitness to Practice can strike fear into the heart of a dentist. Patients have become increasingly litigious and more likely to complain, even in the absence of good cause.
Unfortunately there are rarely any consequences for patients who make spurious complaints which are not upheld; however, the same cannot be said for the...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 43
Making sure restrictive covenants are worth more than the paper they are written on
You work hard to build up your practice, only for an ex-employee or ex-associate to leave, set up business down the road and take all of your patients with them. In most cases this will be a breach of the restrictive covenants in their contracts. When clients come to us...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 42
If someone makes a criminal allegation against you, whether true or false, you will be subject to a police investigation. This will no doubt be a daunting experience for you. In this article we guide you through the process and give you some important advice to help you protect your registration as a dentist.
Police Investigation: at the police...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 41
Some Other Substantial Reason for dismissal (or SOSR dismissal) is not a type of dismissal that is utilised that often. However, it is a tool you can use as an employer if you need to make substantial changes in your business and need to dismiss employees, but one of the other potentially fair reasons does not apply.
First and...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 40
Every practice will evolve over time and staffing needs will change. When your practice is running smoothly, you will have little to worry about, but, there will always be concerns for what the future may hold. Having in place the tools and knowhow to deal with staff changes will give you at least some piece of mind that you can deal with any situation...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 39
Dr High appeared before the PCC on the 23rdJanuary. The charges allege that, whilst employed as a Senior Lecturer at a School of Dentistry, on one or more occasions between the 1stJanuary 2013 and the 12th March 2015, he engaged in sexual activity in his office; and that this conduct was inappropriate and/or unprofessional. Secondly, it was alleged that...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 38
When deciding whether or not to pursue or defend a claim, determining how you will fund your case will be one of the biggest factors to take into account. Knowing what options are available will make you better informed and can help you with this difficult decision.
You may choose to pay privately for the legal costs. However, this...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 37
It all began on 14th December 2016, when John Howey, Partner at JFH Law, announced he had broken a J mug washing up. ‘The handle just came off when I was washing out the inside’ he confirmed. At first we all laughed and there was some light hearted banter about Mr Howey not knowing his own strength; but things then took a turn for the worst.
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 36
On 23rd November Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Statement 2016 in which he announced that this would be the last Autumn Statement, with a move next year to a Spring Statement and Autumn Budget. The idea is to provide more stability for businesses and individuals in respect of changes to taxation, so that they only occur once a year.