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Dentists have contacted CDA Practice Support with questions about a letter they received from the California Department of Industrial Relations that provides “a list of critical requirements related to COVID-19” that may apply to the business owner and workplace. Those requirements span Cal/OSHA, the Labor Commissioner’s Office and the Division of Workers’ Compensation.
The letter states that the DIR “will take action if an employer is found to be in violation of the law.”
CDA’s Clinical Care Workgroup, which was formed in April 2020 to assist dentists in getting back to practice safely during the pandemic, published several resources over the last year that can help dentists comply with the requirements outlined in the DIR letter, including the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards.
Three key CDA resources to assist with Cal/OSHA and public health compliance are:
The DIR letter also reminds California employers that workers who have COVID-19 symptoms are eligible for paid sick leave and may use paid sick leave for themselves or a family member’s diagnosis, care or treatment of a health condition or for preventive care. Employers must display a notice of paid sick leave in a place where it can be read easily in the workplace.
Finally, to help members comply with Senate Bill 1159 signed last September by Gov. Gavin Newsom, CDA published “California employers have COVID-19 reporting obligations to determine workers’ compensation presumption.” The article defines “disputable presumption of COVID-19 injury” and outlines the employer reporting requirements. Reporting assistance is available for The Dentists Insurance Company policyholders.