Physician Employment Agreements: Termination Without Cause

12/14/2014 // Dallas, Texas, United States // Attorney Keith Clouse // Keith Clouse // (press release)
While most Texas doctors focus on the termination for cause/with good reason provisions when negotiating an employment agreement, a physician must also understand the parties’ obligations should either party terminate the agreement without cause or without good reason. Dallas employment contract lawyer Keith Clouse—who regularly advises physicians on employment matters—explains.

Almost all physician employment agreements allow either party to terminate the agreement “without cause,” or without a formal reason for doing so. Most agreements provide that the terminating party must give the other party proper notice of the intent to terminate the agreement; notice periods may range from 30 days to 180 days.

A contract may provide that the employer may relieve the physician from his duties during the notice period. Even if the employer does so, it remains obligated to pay the physician during the notice period. Similarly, a physician who provides notice usually must continue working during the notice period, unless his employer expressly agrees otherwise. Failure to do so could expose the physician to claims for the costs of covering his workload and of finding a replacement.

This article is presented by the Dallas employment attorneys at Clouse Dunn LLP. To speak to an employment lawyer about a physician employment agreement, send an email to [email protected] or call (214) 239-2705.

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