Negotiating For Ideal Physician Contracts
It is always wise to consult with an attorney from Cross Law Firm, S.C., before signing any employment contract. This is especially true for physicians who can face complex issues involving visas, licensing, intensive schedules and a wide range of compensation packages. Do not simply sign whatever contract a hospital or medical center offers, assuming it is the best one you will get. Carefully consider your future and the full ramifications of that deal before putting pen to paper.
We have decades of experience; we are fiercely focused on fighting for your rights and your best interests, and we bring a meticulous, efficient mindset to every contract negotiation. If a contract disagreement ever arises, we stand firmly with you. Remember, doctors’ contracts have changed a lot in the last 20 years, and you need to know exactly what that means for your next placement.
Your Contract Should Support You
Every contractual situation is unique, but here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Work out the intricacies of your schedule. With on-call hours and intense schedules, everything needs to be in writing. For instance, your employer may claim that you will work no more than one weekend every month. To make sure you do not get called in more frequently, get that promise in writing.
- Consider any guarantees. For instance, is your employment an at-will position where you can get fired without warning? Or are you looking for guaranteed base pay for a set amount of months, or at least advance notice of termination?
- Ensure safe, healthy working conditions. This is a high-stress job in the best of conditions, so you must make sure your working conditions are up to your standards.
- Consider any restrictions in the contract. For instance, some physicians face geographic restrictions, which vary in rural and urban settings.
- Clarify paid time off. Do you get vacation time and sick leave, for instance, that you can use separately? Or do you have a general pool of paid time off that you can use for either reason? How far in advance do you have to request vacations, and what is the protocol for emergency time off?
- Help with any potential visa issues. If you are a foreign national, you and your employer must file paperwork correctly to ensure that the government accepts your visa application.
Contact Us Before You Sign
Before you sign that next contract, make sure you know exactly where you stand, what rights you have and what you should expect based on other contracts given to professionals with similar training, education and experience. If you would like to know more about how a professional legal team can help, contact our lawyers online, or call our offices in Milwaukee (414-224-0000) or Chicago (312-861-0606).