Dentist employer liability: Teams gone wild! How to protect yourself and your practice

Jan. 30, 2024
Holiday parties, CE conferences, work dinners—all good fun, right? These situations can actually create unexpected liability for practice owners. Here's how to protect yourself.

Your employee drinks too much at a work function and gets in a car accident. There is a CE course your RDH wants to take out of state and you agree to pay for the travel but there is a mishap during the flight. What are you liable for? How can you protect yourself?

As dentists, we try to do the right things by our employees. We try to weave fun and rewards into the often stressful workday. But at what point will we be punished for our good deeds? William Prescott is on to help us navigate some common sticky situations for the owner docs! 

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About the hosts of Dentistry Unmasked

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of Dental Economics. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics. You may contact her at [email protected].

David R. Rice, DDS, is founder of the nation’s largest student and new dentist community, igniteDDS. Dr. Rice travels the world speaking and connecting today’s top young dentists with tomorrow’s most successful dental practices. In addition to igniteDDS, Dr. Rice maintains a team-centered restorative and implant practice in East Amherst, New York.