What clauses should physicians or doctors negotiate in employment agreements?

  1. Compensation: The compensation clause should include details on how the physician will be paid, including the base salary, bonus structure, and any other benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, or vacation time.
  2. Duties and Responsibilities: The duties and responsibilities clause should clearly outline the physician’s role in the organization, including the scope of their practice, the hours they are expected to work, and any additional responsibilities they may have.
  3. Non-compete Clause: Physicians should carefully review any non-compete clauses in their employment agreements to ensure that they do not overly restrict their ability to practice medicine in the future. A lawyer can help negotiate these clauses to ensure that they are fair and reasonable.
  4. Termination Clause: The termination clause should specify the circumstances under which the employment agreement can be terminated, including notice periods, severance pay, and any other details related to the end of the employment relationship.
  5. Professional Development: The employment agreement should include provisions for ongoing professional development, including continuing education and opportunities for career advancement.
  6. Patient Load and Workload: Physicians should negotiate for a reasonable patient load and workload to ensure that they are not overworked or overwhelmed, which can impact their ability to provide quality patient care.
  7. Malpractice Insurance: Physicians should negotiate for malpractice insurance coverage as part of their employment agreement, to protect them in case of any legal action related to their medical practice.

It is important for physicians to carefully review and negotiate all aspects of their employment agreements to ensure that their interests are protected and that they are able to provide quality patient care. A lawyer with experience in employment law can provide guidance and representation throughout the negotiation process. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@falconlawyers.ca or 1-877-892-7778.

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