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Clinic Startup 15: Physician Agreements for Employees and Independent Contractors

1 hour Audio and Power Point Presentation

Recorded September 26, 2015

This presentation will provide an in depth analysis of physician employment and independent contractor agreements, including how to decide between employee and contractor status, key provisions to include in agreements, negotiation tips, how to protect a practice from trade secret theft and unfair competition, how to terminate an agreement, and more.
Learning Objectives:
  • Determine whether employee or independent contractor status is the best strategy for their practice;
  • Identify the important provisions that should be included in employment and contractor agreements;
  • Recognize key provisions that are often in dispute and how to negotiate them;
  • Determine how to address trade secret and unfair competition issues in agreements; and
  • Assess mistakes typically made in terminating Physicians and how to avoid them.

Disclosures: The faculty listed below has no relevant financial relationship to disclose.

Faculty Bio:

Spencer Hamer, Esq.

Spencer Hamer represents employers in state and federal court, and before administrative bodies, on labor and employment matters including discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, family medical leave, disability, wage and hour, retaliation, unfair competition, trade secrets, wrongful termination and privacy rights. Mr. Hamer believes that employers are best served by lawyers who help them avoid litigation, and he therefore devotes a substantial amount of his practice to advisory work. He conducts training on general employment law risk issues and routinely counsels on a variety of matters including leaves of absence, employment agreements, accommodations, employment policies and procedures, wage and hour audits, workplace investigations and anti-harassment training. Mr. Hamer has represented a variety of health care industry employers, including hospitals, medical practice groups, urgent care centers, ambulance operators and emergency medical providers. In the hospitality industry, he has defended employers against a variety of claims including sexual harassment, retaliation, pregnancy discrimination, failure to pay overtime, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, “off the clock” cases, and disability discrimination claims. He has conducted numerous wage and hour audits for hospitality industry clients. In the insurance industry, Mr. Hamer has advised employers on numerous matters regarding broker compensation, independent contractor issues, wage and hour risks, and unfair competition. Mr. Hamer has counseled automobile dealerships and transportation industry employers on workplace theft, sexual harassment, and wage and hour matters. He has also worked with numerous local colleges and universities to assist them with educational access and discrimination issues, development of codes of conduct, student privacy and tenure disputes.

Credit Information:

Designation Statement
The Urgent Care Association of America designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Credit for this course is good for 1 year after purchase.

Urgent Care Management Certificate 

Earn 1 UCMC credit in Human Resources by listening to this recorded session.

Submitting for Credit:  

If you would like to submit for either of the credit above, once you complete the activity you must submit for credit you will need to complete the 5 question exam.  You must answer 3 out of 5 correctly to receive credit.  Your credit will be placed in your profile under Professional Development or click on "My Credits".  Email with questions.  

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