Understanding an Employee Agreement

If you are considering taking a permanent position with a hospital, medical practice, or other healthcare organization, you will need to complete an employee agreement. Before making a long-term professional commitment, you should have a basic understanding of such agreements. The basic components—and important areas—to consider when entering into an employment agreement are discussed below.

Compensation. Make sure you understand what a reasonable salary is for the area and the organization where the position is located. Communicate with colleagues to compare compensation. Employers often offer a base salary and incentive compensation. Try to secure your base salary without adjustment for as long as possible. Get specifics on what criteria the employer uses to calculate incentive payments.

Covenants. The most common covenant in physician employee agreements is the non-compete agreement. Consider the non-compete agreement’s length of time and geographic area to ensure it is reasonable. If a clause is unenforceable, you won’t want to litigate it.

Schedule. Be certain that call and coverage obligations are not unreasonably burdensome, and make sure the employer is specific, so you know exactly what type of schedule to expect. Do research and talk with colleagues to compare schedule requirements.

While agreements are also part and parcel of locum tenens work, employee agreements for permanent positions have heavy professional implications and should be reviewed by an attorney. Accepting locum tenens assignments can be helpful in determining what you want in a permanent situation without committing yourself to an agreement that is unreasonable or unfair.

Contact Medicus Healthcare Solutions at 855-301-0563 to speak with one of our experienced recruiters about employment agreements and the benefits of accepting temporary assignments.

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