December 18, 2017 by Robyn W. Madden
The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation regulates over 40 Boards. Each Professional Licensing Board is charged with regulating the practice of its licensees. In South Carolina, licensees are generally regulated for personal and professional conduct, acts, and omissions. A violation of the governing practice act can result in disciplinary action including a public reprimand, probation, even revocation of your professional license. In certain situations, it may result in the issuance of an LLR temporary suspension order (TSO).
When an LLR investigation is initiated alleging personal or professional misconduct of an egregious nature that rises to the level necessary to restrict the licensee’s right to continued practice the assigned LLR investigator may request a temporary suspension order, also known as a TSO, restricting the licensee’s right to continued practice. Once served, the licensee may not return to practice until the temporary suspension order is lifted. Continued practice will result in additional disciplinary action. Our team has represented licensees in a TSO hearing before a number of LLR Boards including, the South Carolina Board of Nursing, Board of Medical Examiners, and Board of Social Work.
Reasons that a LLR Temporary Suspension Order is issued may include:
Licensees generally receive the temporary suspension order through personal service by an LLR employee. LLR licensees may be served at home or work. If you anticipate receiving a temporary suspension order, and one of our professional licensing attorneys is retained soon enough, we may be able to intervene and accept service on your behalf, avoiding embarrassment at your home or business.
Challenging a LLR Temporary Suspension Order
If you have received notice that a temporary suspension order has been entered against your LLR professional license, you have the right to a hearing, but you must act quickly. In many instances, failure to timely act upon your rights may prevent your continued practice through the duration of the investigation and until the matter comes before the corresponding licensing board.
If you have received notice that your license has been temporarily suspended, call us today to take advantage of a consultation to learn more about your rights and how we may be able to help. Our Columbia, South Carolina office is located less than 10 miles from South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation. We aggressively fight to protect your right to continued practice.