Risk management: The importance of staff disclaimers

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The morning paper was uneventful except for one small, front page item above the fold, what newspaper editors term a “hot” story. The headline read, “Local dentist charged with sexual harassment.” It held serious implications for only one person: the involved dentist ... and I read in stunned silence that it was me!

This story could have happened in any dental office in America. It revolved around a chairside assistant who had been in my employ for eight months. Despite her demonstrated great chairside skills, Melinda could not work well with her teammates. I learned that one bad apple can indeed spoil the barrel, and Melinda had to go. Via: www.dentistryiq.com

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