Veterinary Referral Surgery Practice Webinar

Georgia Veterinary Webinar: Planning for Year End and 2021
Stuart J. Oberman, Esq. will speak for Veterinary Referral Surgery Practice tomorrow, December 3, 2020, from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST. 2 hours of LEAP CE credit will be given to all attendees. Please follow the link below to register.

South Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Webinar

Oberman Law Firm will host a LIVE webinar for the South Georgia Veterinary Medical Association this Thursday, August 27th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Leading experts Stuart J. Oberman, Esq., Eric J. Morin, MBA, and Cory G. Sellers, CPA, CFP®, CRPS® will provide the latest COVID-19 updates on legal, financial, and leadership in the veterinary industry. 2 hours of LEAP CE credit will be provided to all attendees. Follow the link below to register.

Preventing Embezzlement

There are many opportunities for employee embezzlement to occur in a business or practice. There are, however, certain steps you can take to help prevent employee embezzlement. You must be diligent.

  • Make smart hiring decisions
  • Screen all potential employees
  • Conduct background checks on all employees
  • Educate yourself on how employees embezzle
  • Protect your signature and identity
  • Learn how to use your computer system
  • Check your day sheets, audit changes, preview daily reports and question all adjustments
  • Make sure to verify all credit card charges
  • Be visible, vary your schedule, practice what you preach

A business or practice owner must take the necessary steps to prevent embezzlement. Review your policies and procedures, and begin implementing the specific preventative safeguards.


OSHA is becoming very active in the day to day operations of a business, especially in the enforcement of employees’ rights. An area that is surfacing in the business is OSHA’s enforcement of the whistleblower statute. It may not be well-known, but OSHA oversees whistleblower protection investigations not only for its own jurisdiction, but for 12 other regulatory areas.

If an employee in a practice reports a violation of Federal law (OSHA, Labor, etc.), the employee report and the violation of federal law (e.g., an OSHA complaint) is protected from retaliation by the business owner. An innocent personnel action taken by a business owner may be seen as a whistleblower retaliation by OSHA.

The following actions by a practice owner may be considered retaliatory action, and be a violation of Federal law:

❒ Firing or laying off an employee

❒ Assigning employee to undesirable shifts

❒ Blacklisting the employeedocumentation

❒ Demoting the employee

❒ Denying the overtime or promotion to the employee

❒ Disciplining the employee

❒ Denial of benefits to the employee

❒ Intimidation by the practice owner

❒ Reassigning work to the employee

❒ Reducing pay or hours of the employee

It is strongly recommended that before any personnel matters are handled by a business owner or office manager, it is always prudent to seek professional guidance in order to avoid violation of state or federal law.

Stuart J. Oberman, Esq. handles a wide range of legal issues for businesses including transitions and sales, real estate transactions, lease agreements, employment law and entity formation.

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