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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Write it down Documenting personnel info makes good legal sense


“Good records


are the basis for protection in the face of a lawsuit.”


BY CRYSTAL ZUZEK Appropriately documenting, maintaining, and storing employee personnel files may seem tedious, but experts say those tasks are essential to en- suring that employers comply with state and federal law. And, thorough employee personnel records can help physicians defend themselves if an employee sues the practice. The Texas Medical Association recommends all employees, including physicians, have well-maintained personnel files containing specific documents, as well as gov- ernment-mandated forms. (See “Personnel File Documents List,” page xx.) Person- nel files — electronic or paper — should be securely stored and accessible only by authorized employees. “Good records are the basis for protection in the face of a lawsuit. They can also


May 2013 TEXAS MEDICINE 43


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