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Guidance & Regulations

Learn about employee leave, county-specific ordinances and treating symptomatic or COVID-positive patients.

How to Pay Staff During COVID-19 Related Absence

A flowchart to help employers determine their obligations to provide paid leave benefits to employees who may have been exposed or contracted COVID-19 in the dental office.

Reporting Symptoms/Positive Test for COVID-19 Flowchart

Useful flowchart to guide through process of reporting symptoms/positive test for COVID-19.

COVID Addendum to IIPP

Customize this plan to demonstrate compliance with Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention regulations

Reporting Symptoms or Positive COVID-19 Test Results

This eLearning module will educate dental practice staff on what steps to take when a patient or employee reports COVID-19 symptoms, exposure and test results.

Required Notice of Potential Exposure to COVID-19

California employers are legally required to notify employees of potential exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite. Follow these instructions for providing the notice and complying with reporting requirements if an outbreak occurs. Included is a “notice of exposure” template.

COVID-19 Employee Self-Certification to Return to Work

Employers may use this form to request an employee document recovery from COVID-19 and their ability to return to work. 

Face Coverings and Disability Accommodations

In an effort to help halt the spread of COVID-19, California Public Health Officials announced June 18th guidance for the use of facemask, and that mask or face coverings will be mandatory statewide in most public settings. 

Employers prohibited from requiring COVID-19 antibody testing in the workplace

The EEOC has prohibited employers from requiring employees to take a COVID-19 antibody test before returning to work. 

COVID-19 Testing Resources

With various forms of COVID-19 tests available, it is important to understand how each type works, what results can tell (or not tell) a provider and how reliable test results can be. It is important to note that testing can be a valuable tool to assist dentists to determine the COVID-19 status of patients, but due to current availability and reliability rates, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that test results be used in conjunction with clinical evaluation and screening protocols to assess patient health.