10 Potential Time Bombs in Your Employment Contract

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October 22, 2015

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Can You Really Get Your Contract Changed?

Sure, you might say, all of these problems are serious, but will the employer really agree to change the contract? Indeed, in many cases, when physicians are handed a contract to sign, they're told that it can't be changed and needs to be accepted as is.

But Hursh says it's very rare that employers refuse to change anything in the contract. "Look at it this way," he begins. "The prospective employer has invested a lot of time and money recruiting you. They've already decided that you're the one." They'd be very reluctant, he says, to go back to square one and reopen the search process.

Reinstein says some employers will claim that changing the contract won't be necessary. "They might tell you, 'We're asking you to trust us,'" he says. "But you shouldn't be bullied by this 'trust me' come-on. A person who's worthy of trust wouldn't ask someone who doesn't know him to simply trust him."

You might not get all the changes you ask for, Gosfield says, but "it usually doesn't hurt to try to negotiate, especially if you're simply asking for clarification and you're not being a pig."

It can depend, though, on who you're dealing with.

"Demanding all kinds of things from a doctor who will be supervising you could lead to problems down the road," Gosfield says. However, it you're courteous, reasonable, and professional—just as you would expect to be treated yourself—you're more likely to have a positive result.

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