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Archive for August, 2011

Complaints and Investigations—Best Practices for All Employers

Posted on: August 1st, 2011

By Pamela Everett

Employers of all sizes continue to experience a rise in complaints of workplace misconduct. In too many instances, these “complaints” are often the proverbial “shot across the bow” from a disgruntled worker who knows his employment is in jeopardy and makes a complaint to forestall further disciplinary action.  In other cases, an employee at, or after termination, complains for the very first time that he has been subject to discrimination throughout his employment.  And, of course, there are situations where employees truly feel they are being treated wrongly and simply want the “problem to stop.” (more…)

In Medical Malpractice Cases, a Simple Apology Can Go a Long Way

Posted on: August 1st, 2011

By Shira Adler Crittendon

Imagine that in the course of doing your job, someone gets injured as a result of your conduct.  Basic human decency compels you to apologize.  In the case of medical providers, however, attorneys have traditionally feared that an apology could later be used as an admission for wrongdoing in court.  Apologies are valuable nevertheless and important in maintaining that level of trust between physicians and patients.  Further, studies have shown that many patients file lawsuits in order to get information about and understand their injury, to determine accountability, and to prevent future injuries. As such, state legislatures have recognized a need to protect the medical provider from liability to allow the medical provider to provide the apology and information the patient and/or family is seeking.  (more…)