AAWD and PPP are teaming up to commemorate Women’s History Month!  While some risks are worth taking, others are not.  During the month, we will highlight women known for taking distinct risks to lead the way in the field of dentistry, while also pointing out some risks that dentists shouldn’t take in their dental office.

A Risk Worth Taking!

Daisy Zachary McGuire pulled her first tooth when she was 6 years old. She grew up helping her father, who was a dentist, with his patients. As a result, when she went to Southern Dental College in Atlanta, Georgia, McGuire was ahead of her peers. She graduated with honors and was the only woman in her graduating class in 1964. Like their mother, McGuire’s three children became dentists.  They all worked together in the same office. Even her grandchildren followed in her footsteps!

While some risks are worth taking, others are not…

Dental practices often become a family business, but there are always outside employee/employer relationships to maintain. If you experience a challenge with an employee, it’s critical to start documenting at its onset. Terminating an employee without clear and ongoing documentation in the personnel file can lead to an employment practice issue.

Employment practices liability claims are difficult to disprove and defend since they are often a “he said, she said” scenario. These settlements can be embarrassing and costly. Good documentation is key in closing down frivolous claims. The PPP provides hotline services for dentists to consult with attorneys and human resources professionals on all matters related to employee management and development of procedures. A simple call to a highly trained professional can make all the difference in a threat being shut down or a large settlement being paid out.

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