California issued an order today requiring all health care workers in the state to either show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or be tested regularly. The statewide policy will take effect Monday, Aug. 9, with full compliance required by Aug. 23.
CDA has developed an FAQ about the delta variant, including its transmissibility, how it impacts fully vaccinated individuals or individuals with natural immunity, the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines against the delta variant and the potential future need for boosters.
CDA Practice Support has developed the California State Reopening Guide for Dental Practices to help dentists and dental teams understand their responsibilities to maintain a safe environment and communicate with patients about continued COVID-19 safety precautions in the dental office.
As California moves forward with reopening the economy and lifting the statewide mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals on June 15, dental practice owners should be prepared to communicate to patients that face coverings will still be required in the dental office.
A recent California Supreme Court ruling that requires stricter meal practices in the workplace underscores the responsibility of dental practice owners to enforce break policies that are compliant with California laws.
With many people working to overcome financial setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, more employers have been focusing their efforts on helping employees improve their financial wellness and save for the future.
Practice owners will have the opportunity to take advantage of the newly extended Employee Retention Credit in 2021. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 modifies and extends the ERC, allowing employers to claim a refundable tax credit against the employer share of Social Security tax.
As of Jan. 1, employers may voluntarily provide emergency paid sick leave or emergency paid FMLA leave under FFCRA. If an employer chooses to voluntarily offer leave, it must be used for the same purposes and subject to the same conditions as originally outlined in FFCRA.
CDA advises practice owners to remain vigilant with infection control protocols even after their staff has been vaccinated. A fully vaccinated staff in a dental office does not completely reduce the practice owner’s obligations to maintain workplace safety standards.