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Bethan Flood, April 2017 - A contract of employment is a document every employer should ensure their employees have signed prior to the commencement of employment. The contract sets out the employment relationship in black and white, for both parties to understand.
The contract of employment clarifies a number points including salary, hours and days of work, how payment is completed, probation period, termination notice requirements and confidentiality requirements amongst others. Job descriptions can also be included as part of the contract.Contracts should also be signed when changes to the employment relationship occur e.g. change from part time to full time, promotion etc.
Dr Phillip Palmer, April 2017 - When I graduated from dental school, having a practice in the CBD of Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne was a thing to aspire to. It seemed to be reserved for established practices, and there was an air of respectability about it.
Somehow, lately, it seems that the CBD practice has lost some of its shine. People have forgotten all of its virtues and seem to complain about its shortcomings, like expensive rent, poor street exposure and increased competition.
Dr Phillip Palmer, March 2017 - Looking back at my career in dentistry, from the 1970s to now, there are many ways that being a dentist and business owner has become harder.
Equipment is more expensive, sterilisation standards are stricter, competition is fiercer, there is compulsory continuing education, more marketing is needed, the list goes on… (I recently wrote an article about this, which can be found here)
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