In the past, the chiropractic field was a predominantly male environment. But in 2022, things are different. Of the tens of thousands of chiropractors currently working in the United States, 50.5% are women.
As the CEO of your business, you must be familiar with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This sets out how much leave parents are entitled to, regardless of their gender.
And on a practical note, you’ll also need chiropractic coverage to keep the practice profitable and your patients on track when you have a team member who needs to be on leave. Let’s take a closer look at how to find chiropractic coverage for maternity leave.
The Law on Maternity Leave
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) sets out the federal requirements for parental leave. It requires businesses to provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave to new parents. If your business has more than 50 employees, it applies to you.
To qualify, employees must:
- Have worked for the business for a minimum of 12 months
- Have worked at least 1,250 hours in those months
States are allowed to set their laws. Eleven states, plus the District of Columbia, offer paid family and medical leave. These states are:
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
Employers are free to offer paid maternity leave as part of their benefits and compensation package. But whether you provide paid maternity leave or not, you still need to find the best chiropractic coverage.
What Is Chiropractic Coverage?
Chiropractic coverage means always having your team at full strength. There are a few ways that you can achieve this.
You can advertise for locum doctors who can cover periods when your associate chiropractors are unavailable. This involves considerable expense and time spent advertising, interviewing, and orientating recruits.
You could ask the other chiropractors working in your office to take on more hours. Depending on the size of your team, this may work to a point. But 12 weeks of covering another person’s hours can take its toll.
The best option is to work with a chiropractic staffing agency such as Chiro Match Makers. We focus on finding the best talent to work with your business. Whether you need long-term staffing or a locum chiropractor for vacation or maternity leave, we will find the right person for the job.
How a Chiropractic Staffing Agency Works
Not every great chiropractor is looking to start their practice immediately or at any point in their career. Many fantastic chiropractors prefer the flexibility of working with a chiropractic staffing agency to provide coverage.
At Chiro Match Makers, we have a roster of excellent doctors throughout the US that can provide short-term or long-term coverage.
There’s no need for individual offices to go through endless advertising, interviewing, and hiring cycles. All you have to do is talk to is schedule a time to speak with our locum specialist!
Chiropractic staffing agencies actively source and vet suitable candidates- saving you time and money. That way, you can rely on us to have staff ready and waiting when you need them.
Get Staff in Place Fast
The advantage of arranging coverage for maternity leave is that it doesn’t usually sneak up on you! Of course, babies can and often do come early or late, but you generally have a good idea ahead of time when you’ll need maternity coverage.
This allows you time to work with us so that we can discover the best fit for your practice. From there, we find someone who’s a great fit and have them lined up to come in when needed.
This helps you to meet your patients’ expectations and continue their treatment without interruption.
Retain Patients with Chiropractic Coverage
Patients indeed like to see the same chiropractor week in and week out. However, they will understand when they’re on maternity leave. Your role is to ensure they receive unbroken treatment by hiring a great locum doctor.
Chiropractic staffing decisions are so important because they’re about relationships. The right hire will provide continuity. Get the wrong chiropractor, and you may lose patients during maternity leave.
Chiropractic staffing agencies source great chiropractors based on tried and true recruitment methods. Gut feelings don’t come into it. You can be confident that they’re recommending the chiropractor because they’re confident they’re the right fit for your practice.
Benefits of Chiropractic Coverage
Chiropractic coverage from a niche staffing agency can give you peace of mind. It can also:
- Reduce the chances of a drop in income during maternity leave
- Retain patients
- Reduce pressure on the rest of the team
- Reduce the time and expense of the recruitment process
- Avoid being short-staffed
Get Top Quality Chiropractic Coverage from Chiro Match Makers
Chiropractic coverage from a top staffing agency can give you peace of mind. We’ve got your back if you need a permanent team member or a locum doctor to cover maternity leave.
At Chiro Match Makers, we’re passionate about finding the ideal members for your team. We work with practices to recruit chiropractic associates and assistants. We can help you build a team that will keep patients coming through the door.
Click here to schedule a chiropractic coverage call today!
Chiro Match Makers has the process of hiring DC’s and CA’s down to a science. Here are 4 ways we can help you today!
1. Download our coveted DC Interview Guide before your next interview
This is the most critical hire you will ever make in your practice. Most of us have only learned how to interview from our own past experiences and our gut. Our template provides you with unique questions and a systematic way to help ensure you find the right person for the job you have available. Download a copy here.
2. Download CA Hiring Success Roadmap
Building your A+ team is the difference between having the ability to scale or not. If done right, it can be a path to freedom and increased profit. If done wrong, it can be one of the most-costly mistakes you ever make. Go here to get your copy of the CA Hiring Success Roadmap.
3. Explore the best way to leverage a Locum in your practice.
Grab a copy of our Benefits to Hiring a Locum Guide that will be the best time you’ve spent in buying back your time freedom.
4. Connect with us!
If you’d like to connect with us for a brainstorming session just click here to access our schedule link and find a time that’s best for you. We’d love to learn more about your practice and help you reach your goals!