This month’s Dentistry and the Law column discusses hiring a dentist as an employee or an independent contractor. Employing a dentist as an independent contractor offers advantages such as avoiding compliance with various employment laws and not having to withhold taxes. However, there is uncertainty regarding whether tax and other authorities will recognize the independent contractor relationship. Factors like supervision and control play a significant role in this determination. To mitigate uncertainty, practices can contract with an entity owned by the dentist, providing a potential solution. Legal counsel is recommended for setting up such arrangements.
Schulte, Daniel JD
"Dentistry and the Law: Employee vs. Independent Contractor,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
12, Article 5.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss12/5