Top associate contract concerns revealed by the DDU
The most common themes and queries from members include:
As part of their membership, DDU members are able to access a free associate contract checking and advice service. The service, which is available to both associate and practice principal members, has had 383 files since its launch in June 2019 and includes:
David Lauder, dento-legal adviser at the DDU, said, “Since we introduced our associate contract checking service in June 2019, it has proved to be a very popular service offered as part of the standard DDU membership. However, it cannot be denied that Covid-19 has had a significant impact on dentistry and as a result there is a great deal of uncertainty regarding how associate positions may change in the coming months.
“In these unprecedented times, it may be helpful for associates and practice owners to discuss their contracts, including the achievability of any agreed targets and how any changes to the contract would be made going forward.