Alliances that are unable to compete must have an “appropriate geographic area,” that is, the geographic area in which you will no longer be able to exercise at the end of your employment. There is no uniform geographic boundary; it varies depending on the location. For example, if you are in a metropolitan area, the restriction can be quite small (two or three miles). In a rural area, it can be quite wide (50 to 60 miles). As an independent contractor, you are not an employee of the practice. That is an important difference. The law clearly defines the attributes that rightly constitute an appropriate independent contracting relationship. If you are told when you are at work, what patients they see at a given time and use the tools and materials of the practice, it could be argued that your relationship does not match that of an independent contractor. Self-employed contractors pay their own labour taxes (estimated quarterly payroll tax) and receive a 1099 form from their employer at the end of the year indicating the amount of compensation they received.
Many independent contractors opt for integration. Creation provides a level of legal protection and allows you to deduct legitimate business expenses from your income. When you get a job as a dentist, you are usually faced with a written employment contract that contains many confusing sales conditions. Trying to decipher the meaning and context of such a contract can be as confusing as a layman trying to read an X-ray. Dental associations are dentists who work in a dental practice. As a general rule, two compensation schemes are offered to partners: obligations and responsibilities. Your written employment contract usually contains certain tasks and responsibilities for your patient care, as well as your administrative responsibilities. Make sure the practice has a staff manual. This publication generally outlines very specific tasks and responsibilities of each individual, as well as the duties and responsibilities of the employer. Many states have statutes or court-specific cases that incorporate a personnel manual into a written or oral employment contract. In other words, a staff manual is part of the employment contract. Most people are not aware of these provisions as part of an employment contract.