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Articles by Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD

Hard to handle

Harassment, overtime pay, health risks and other employee concerns can pull a practice apart as fast as they pile up
Feb 1, 2005

While some are just picky prima donnas, others actually are looking for an opportunity to hang the boss out to dry.

Can they win?

Anyone can sue, the key question is did you commit malpractice?
Jan 1, 2005

You can be sued by someone for virtually anything. The question is: Can they win?

Associate employment contracts:Scrutinize them prior to signing

Sick time, vacation days and health insurance should be spelled out so future discrepancies do not emerge
Oct 1, 2004

He or she might be in the unenviable position of asking an employer to pony up thousands of dollars for disputed, unpaid productivity revenue.

Legal anecdote file: Some government interventions can hurt for a while

Practitioners can personalize issues for empathy from regulators, administrators and the media
Sep 1, 2004

What puzzled me, though, was how I got in the crosshairs of the government when I had tried to carefully comply with all the tax rules. Simply, how could this happen to such a law-abiding citizen?

Taking a bite out of your livlihood

Non-compete clauses can curtail long-term income
Sep 1, 2004

Ambiguity usually benefits the employee during legal discrepancies.

Legal anecdote file: Some government interventions can hurt for awhile

Practitioners can personalize issues for empathy from regulators, administrators and the media
Sep 1, 2004

What puzzled me, though, was how I got in the crosshairs of the government when I had tried to carefully comply with all the tax rules. Simply, how could this happen to such a law-abiding citizen?

Consider your partnership carefully

Legally, partnerships are as important as marriage
Aug 1, 2004

All partnerships should have the legal equivalent of a prenuptial agreement.

Thoroughness matters when it comes to case documentation

Use these top five expressions to keep you out of court
Jul 1, 2004

It is a veterinarian's legal and moral responsibility to let owners know when their dog has had a dangerously aggressive attitude.

Remove malpractice risk from anesthetic risk

Jun 1, 2004

Disappointed clients rarely sue veterinarians. Neither do sad clients. Clients who sue are shocked clients ...

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