Guidance & Regulations

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

Reporting Symptoms/Positive Test for COVID-19 Flowchart

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

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 Officals 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.

C.E. waiver extension granted for California dentists, RDHs, RDAs

In July, California-licensed dental professionals whose licenses expire in July and August were given through Dec. 1 to complete their required C.E. according to a waiver issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs. The DCA on Aug. 27 issued a new waiver giving licensed dentists, RDHs and RDAs through Feb. 27, 2021, to complete the required C.E. and testing for license renewal.

COVID-19 Employment Concerns

Guidance on employment concerns related to rehiring laid off or terminated employees, wages.

CDC removes 15-minute wait recommendation for cleaning, disinfecting dental operatories

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends that dental care personnel “wait 15 minutes after completion of clinical care and exit of each patient without suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to begin to clean and disinfect room surfaces.”

FFCRA Benefits Eligibility Tool

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Online tool to help workers determine eligibility for paid sick leave due to COVID-19. Employer’s may use to determine their obligations.