Handbooks & Policies

Your HR To Do List
Your HR To Do List

When you think about your top goals for your practice this year, are any of them HR-related? They should be! The 5 points on our HR to do list will help you make your practice safer and stronger this year. Revisit job descriptions Well-made job descriptions are...

The NLRB Hates Your No Gossiping Policy. Here’s Why.
The NLRB Hates Your No Gossiping Policy. Here’s Why.

I keep running into this problem as we evaluate pre-existing employee handbooks for doctors, dentists and office managers across the country. The issue is that, as an employer, you want to address employees standing around and gossiping. Or standing around and not...

How Strong is Your Employee Cell Phone Policy?
How Strong is Your Employee Cell Phone Policy?

Many of us are attached to our cell phones and a tap or two away from our social media accounts 24/7 these days. This poses unique challenges to medical and dental practices when it comes to regulating employee behavior on the job. Unlike so many other businesses,...

What Can California Practice Owners Learn from a Made-Up Tech Company?
What Can California Practice Owners Learn from a Made-Up Tech Company?

Spoilers ahead for fans of comedy TV series Silicon Valley. The world of HBO’s Silicon Valley is very different from the world most of us live in. There, so-called “brogrammers” live in “hacker hostels,” churning out code and drinking inhuman amounts of Mountain Dew...

Will an Employee Handbook Template Save You Money?
Will an Employee Handbook Template Save You Money?

We've been asking ourselves, does anyone have a relatively good employee handbook template for sale online? We gathered metrics from Google and Google Adwords, and it did not take long to find a $49.99 “customized” office manual. So, we grabbed a copy to see if it...

“Update Your Employee Handbook,” Say All Experts, Everywhere
“Update Your Employee Handbook,” Say All Experts, Everywhere

Every January I see the same thing: lists of “Employer Resolutions” popping up all over, advising that you review your employee handbook and HR practices to make sure they’re still legally compliant. Most of this deluge of helpful content is written by either...

Smile! Or Don’t! Positivity Policies and the NLRB
Smile! Or Don’t! Positivity Policies and the NLRB

The NLRB, an organization whose negativity regularly sends chills down our spines,, recently came down hard on positivity policies. You know, the types of policies designed to do terrible things like encourage respectful communication between workers and their...

Top 10 Good Policies Your Employee Handbook SHOULD Include
Top 10 Good Policies Your Employee Handbook SHOULD Include

We’ve been having far too much fun lately creating “top ten” lists. Here's a countdown of 10 good policies you SHOULD have in your Employee Handbook. Having correctly worded policies on all of these issues can go a long way towards making your management stronger....

Avoid at All Costs: Top 10 Policies You SHOULDN’T Have
Avoid at All Costs: Top 10 Policies You SHOULDN’T Have

Did you catch our recent post about 10 policies your employee handbook definitely should include? To keep things balanced, here’s another installment in our “Top 10” series: a list of Top 10 Policies You SHOULDN’T Have in your employee handbook. If you find any of...

When should your employees be allowed to moonlight?
When should your employees be allowed to moonlight?

For the past few weeks, you notice that your star employee, Jennifer, consistently arrives late, bleary-eyed from lack of sleep. When you approach her, she admits to taking a second job that requires late shifts. You’re not happy about what that means for your morning...

HHS Says Not Understanding HIPAA Creates (HUGE) Risk
HHS Says Not Understanding HIPAA Creates (HUGE) Risk

What’s worse than a 2.5 million dollar HIPAA settlement? Knowing that it could have been avoided, that’s what. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) oversees HIPAA enforcement. As part of this enforcement, HHS publishes official summaries of their...