After all these years, it still amazes me how often young physicians and health care providers tell me that they were told to ignore the language of most of their employment contract as it was “boiler plate”.

That is total nonsense. So-called “boiler plate” language is just as enforceable as any other language. The language of your employment contract should be studied from the very beginning to the very end.

Your professional life depends upon the terms of that contract. Unless you consider your life “boiler plate,” disregarding the language is very foolish. Verbal assurances are nice, but not generally enforceable. Be wise, and have your contract reviewed by an experienced health care attorney before you sign it.


Larry Kobak

Lawrence F. Kobak, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Frier Levitt
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