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Oak Brook employment lawyerA physician’s job can be one of the most challenging careers a person can embark on. To become a licensed doctor, a person must go through years of schooling, rigorous training, and testing before being certified to practice medicine. However, like many other occupations, physicians who work for a hospital or practice may be required to sign an employment contract. These legal documents often contain complicated language regarding important issues, such as medical malpractice. Therefore, it is essential that a skilled legal professional reviews the details of the contract before you sign it. An attorney can protect your rights and negotiate the terms of your employment in the event you leave or are terminated for any reason. 

Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements

A non-compete agreement or clause in the medical field is similar to one in the business world. This document states that a doctor agrees not to work for another medical practice or hospital within a specified amount of time after leaving his or her job. Non-compete agreements can specify a duration between one and five years after a doctor leaves a practice.

This can also apply to another medical facility within a certain distance from his or her current place of employment. For example, geographic limitations can range from within 5 miles to 150 miles. In some cases, physicians may work in large hospital systems that have various satellite offices and the non-compete agreement can include all of these locations. Failure to adhere to the non-compete agreement may result in penalties, such as fines, that are typically outlined in the physician’s contract.

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Aurora employment lawyer for severance packagesThe end of employment after many years at one company can bring on many feelings for an employee. He or she may be angry, sad, shocked, or even relieved. Being terminated or “let go” can often come as a surprise if the employer suddenly had to downsize. In certain situations, an employer may offer a severance package to the dismissed employee. A severance agreement is a legal document that outlines the responsibilities and rights of each party involved. It generally provides a certain amount of severance pay for the employee in return for meeting certain requirements. For professionals who are at the executive level, it is imperative to have an experienced attorney review the terms of this type of agreement before signing it. 

What Is Severance?  

A severance package typically includes a portion of an employee’s salary, as well as certain additional benefits. The severance agreement offered by the employer may release the company from liability, including wrongful termination lawsuits or claims of sexual harassment or discrimination. It may also include non-compete, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements that place restrictions on the former employee.

In addition to any regular pay that is owed to the worker, a severance package may include the following:

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Schaumburg employment lawyer for non-compete clausesStarting a new job can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. In many cases, companies require new employees to sign an employment contract. This legal document includes information on salary, paid time off, job duties, benefits, and more. A contract may also include a “non-compete” clause. Essentially, this means that a worker cannot leave the company and go work for a competitor. These clauses protect businesses from employees taking specific information, skills, and client data and using it against them while working at another company. Similarly, a non-solicitation clause prevents a worker from contacting other workers at the same company or customers of the employer in an attempt to lure them to a competitor. It is imperative that an experienced business law attorney reviews these contracts in order to protect an employee’s rights.  

What Does “Reasonable in Scope” Mean?

A non-compete clause usually contains a restriction on time and geographic location, meaning if an employee resigns, he or she cannot work for a competing company within a certain period of time after leaving his or her present company. Likewise, the contract can include a mileage radius in which a former worker may not go to seek employment if he or she quits. 

A non-solicitation clause may include provisions addressing situations in which an employee leaves to work for a competing firm or starts a similar business on his or her own. It can also have a stipulation that an employee cannot ask coworkers to leave with him or her when departing the company to start a competing enterprise together.

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Schaumburg class action employment suit lawyer

There are many issues that could arise between an employer and an employee. Wage disputes, discrimination, and retaliation claims are all common types of employee/employer disputes. When things like this are brought to light, it is often discovered that not just a single employee is experiencing these issues. This is when a class action lawsuit can come into play.

How Is a Class Action Lawsuit Different From a Regular Lawsuit?

A class action lawsuit is a claim that is taken to court that represents a group of people who have all been affected by an employer’s actions. Rather than multiple individual lawsuits against an employer, a class action lawsuit allows an attorney or group of attorneys to recover damages and compensation for all victims of an issue at once. In these cases, multiple individual lawsuits against a single employer may be impractical, and class action lawsuits can be an efficient way to process claims against an employer.

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Joliet False Claims Act attorney

During the Civil War, Congress became concerned that certain suppliers of goods were not being entirely truthful with the products that they were supplying. Because of this, the False Claims Act (FCA) was created in 1863 with the purpose of prohibiting any person, entity, or company from defrauding the federal government. Since its beginnings, the False Claims Act has been amended dozens of times. Currently, the FCA also gives employees of companies and other private parties the opportunity to file what is known as a qui tam action against a party who they think has defrauded the government.

FCA Liability

The FCA specifically states certain actions that are forbidden. These actions can include any time a person or party knowingly presents a fraudulent claim to the federal government, makes or uses a fraudulent statement in order to gain money or avoid paying money owed to the government, or conspires to defraud the government by getting a claim paid. An important element to establish under the FCA is whether or not the offender had knowledge that he or she was acting in a false way. The person or entity must have submitted a false claim or statement to the government with the knowledge that information in the claim or statement was indeed false.

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