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Notice Period

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by Outrigger, May 19, 2014.

  1. Outrigger

    Outrigger 5+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    What do you all consider a reasonable time to give your employer notice that you are leaving the group? Ie, what should your contract say? I think it is hard to get employed by a new group if they think it will take you forever to get out of your contract. Secondly, what do you think the penalty should be for leaving the group earlier than the notice period? Likewise, how much notice do you think your employer should give you?

    I'm just trying to get an idea of the experience of others with their contracts.
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  3. FFP

    FFP Grunt, cog, body, pompous ass Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    the opposite pole
    1-2 months to find another sucker plus the time needed to get privileges at your place = 2-3 months.

    Same the other way round.
  4. dotcb

    dotcb --------- 10+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2001
    Absolute minimum - 1 month. Preferably 2-3 months.
  5. Noyac

    Noyac ASA Member SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    90 days.
  6. 2ndyear

    2ndyear Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2002
    New England
    90 days is standard around here. I did have a 180 day out contract, worked out as my new gig was replacing a retiring doc so there was time, but I'd say 6 months is too long. Had I known better I would have negotiated that part of the contract. As for the employer, with cause they can terminate immediately and the cause should be spelled out in the contract.
  7. IlDestriero

    IlDestriero Ether Man Physician Faculty 10+ Year Member

    Nov 24, 2007
    The ivory tower.
    I think 3 months is reasonable. My contract calls for longer and it was absolutely not negotiable. It has no specifics for violating the time period and they have let people leave earlier. I asked all of the people that left recently. I'm not sure what would happen in my situation if they decided to pursue it if someone wanted to change jobs early.
  8. Outrigger

    Outrigger 5+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    And what if you got out of your contract earlier? I know someone who signed a contract out of residency whereby she agreed to pay her employer her salary for however early she left the contract. For example, if she had a 90 day notice and left after only 30 days, she would pay her employer 60 days worth of her salary. Does that sound reasonable to everyone else?
  9. BuzzPhreed


    Jan 9, 2014
    FUCK no that doesn't sound reasonable!

    Do not sign an anesthesia contract that has a liquidated damages clause like that! They are not losing anything if you leave except the revenue you generate and temporarily some coverage. Chances are they have the resources to cover you unless it's a tiny group. You don't need to pay them to leave early. That is asinine. Or if you can mutually agree on an earlier date then just walk away. You are only screwing yourself if you sign something like this. Don't do it!

    Also do not ever give them more than 90 days. That is the industry standard and more than fair. And whatever you give them they should give you. 60 days is even better. Some groups I've heard of lately want 180 days. That is a huge red flag. If you take a job that has a notice clause that long I say that you basically deserve the exact treatment you're gonna get.

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