Practice Management

Gender Divide among Interns Experiencing Depression

Responsibilities related to family and work are a significant factor in why female interns report a higher incidence of depression symptoms than their male counterparts do, according to a study by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the University of Michigan.


Protected Categories Under the Anti-Discrimination Laws: Ignore Them at Your Peril

One of the big stories of the moment is Caitlyn Jenner. From an employer’s prospective, Caitlyn Jenner's story is a useful reminder that transgender persons may have certain legal rights related to their employment. It is also a reminder that employers have legal obligations not to discriminate against other individuals in various protected categories and different jurisdictions identify different categories for protection.


The Employment Lawyer’s Perspective: Are Your Practice’s Agreements Enforceable?

It is a balmy Friday morning in June. You feel a bit giddy because your assistant scheduled the last procedure for 2 p.m. Your kids left for summer camp last week, and you have a great early dinner with friends planned. It’s rained a little during the week, but the weekend forecast is glorious. Nothing is going to ruin your warm, relaxing spring weekend. Nothing, until your junior partner — only years out of his fellowship — knocks on your office door and gives notice. Can he do that? There goes the weekend.


The Employment Lawyer’s Perspective: Looks Are Not Everything

Can an employer prohibit a male employee from wearing an earring? What if a female employee wants to wear a headscarf? Can an employer refuse to hire an applicant because he or she has a tattoo?


New York State Physician Profile — Practice Alert!

The Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC), a branch of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), has recently undertaken a more aggressive approach to investigate and, in some cases, begin disciplinary action against physicians who have failed to update their New York State Physician Profile.


The Employment Lawyer’s Prescription: Pay It Forward by Investing in a Healthy Work Culture

While providing competent, innovative, accessible and personalized care for patients has always been the focus of any healthcare organization, the recent trend of many institutions has been to widen this focus on wellness to the healthcare providers — namely, their employees. 


Revised Diagnostic Imaging Standards to Take Effect in July 2014

The Joint Commission has recently announced new and revised diagnostic standards for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory healthcare organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services.1


The Employment Lawyer’s Prescription: Managing Employees with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a significant, costly health problem in America that impacts the workplace. An employee with chronic pain suffers from a persistent condition that can last for weeks, months or even years. Its causes and treatments are numerous. Depression is also often associated with chronic pain and may need to be treated as a separate, but related, condition. 


The Employment Lawyer’s Prescription: How to Recover Wage Overpayments

Until recently, New York employers were not permitted to make deductions from an employee’s pay for wage overpayments due to mathematical or clerical errors. Instead, the employer was limited to requesting the employee pay back the overpayment so long as it also communicated that a refusal will not result in any disciplinary or retaliatory action, or the employer could sue the employee.


The Employment Lawyer’s Prescription: Discrimination Can Affect Men, Too

The television series Mad Men portrays the days when men held the most prominent positions in the workplace and called all the shots. Fortunately, much has changed during the past 50 years. Women and minorities have benefited from laws recognizing civil rights in the workplace. These laws also protect men, and a healthy workplace recognizes the rights of all its employees.