10 Potential Time Bombs in Your Employment Contract

Leigh Page

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October 22, 2015

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6. You Might Be Barred From Doing Outside Work

Thinking of reviewing insurance claims, working as an expert witness, or taking some other outside job to supplement your income as an employed physician? Your employment contract probably won't allow it, according to Ezra Reinstein, an attorney in Needham, Massachusetts.

Typically, the contract's exclusivity clause prohibits the "practice of medicine" outside of employment. This suggests that you could do nonclinical work, such as reviewing insurance claims, but your new organization may not interpret things that way, Reinstein says. He suggests putting some language into the contract about the work you could do, just to make sure.

Part-time physicians, hospitalists, and emergency physicians often seek outside work, and other doctors may need another job if they feel their compensation is too low. If your new employer in any way expresses regret about not paying you more, you may be able to get an exception for outside work.

Your new employer might even allow clinical work with some caveats, such as not working for a direct competitor. In any case, the matter must be settled before you sign the contract. "This should be determined now rather than left for discussion later (after the contract is signed)," Reinstein says.

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