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Two COVID-19 response bills related to employee notification and workers’ compensation were signed last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom and affect dental practice owners.
Soon after the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act took effect April 1, CDA received clarification from contacts within the Department of Labor that dentists and their employees were not included in the “health care provider” exemption as defined under the act, which is part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
CDA continues to advocate for economic relief for dentists and their staff around loss of income.
Dentists should not reschedule until the shelter-in-place order for all Californians has been lifted.
Business owners may have unemployment options available, depnding on factors such as whether you are paid as an employee of your corporation. If you are an employee, you may be eligible for unemployment.
Given this uncharted territory, Thomas Doll, a CPA firm committed to meeting the financial needs of dental professionals, offers the following recommendations to dentists.
Associate dentists who are independent contractors or sole proprietors can apply online now for weekly financial benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. Recent dental school graduates and others who lack sufficient work history, may also qualify for the COVID-19-related emergency unemployment assistance.
The Dentists Insurance Company on April 24 announced premium refunds to policyholders in 15 states affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that has severely impacted the practice of dentistry. Recognizing that dentists are experiencing a reduction of routine and elective patient care in their practices, TDIC is refunding 50% of Professional Liability premiums for two months.