Sound employment policies provide the principles by which you govern your employee relationships in a fair and consistent manner. An employee manual can provide clarity to your dental team on what is expected of them. And, when the policies are documented and applied consistently, they can prevent workplace misunderstandings.
An employee manual allows you to lawfully discipline employees who have violated any non-specified rules. While having an employee manual itself is not a legal requirement, there are specific laws that require you to notify employees of certain workplace rights in writing, so a well-developed manual is essential to documenting compliance with federal, state and local employment regulations. Know that outdated or erroneous policies can be as dangerous as having no policies at all.
CDA Practice Support offers members two comprehensive resources for developing organized, structured and customized employee manuals.
Content developed by employment attorneys and HR specialists
Simply answer a series of questions about your practice and its current policies. Upon completion, your practice’s customized handbook will be sent as a PDF file to your email address on file with CDA.
Before you begin the online process, we strongly recommend you have already decided on and established human resources policies, including:
Please note, your answers will only be saved for sixty days and you must complete all steps to receive your manual.
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Updated for 2023.This easy-to-use Word template, which reflects updated policies, was developed by attorneys specifically for dental practices. This template provides additional guidance when developing policies and allows employers greater flexibility when creating customized practice policies.
It is highly recommended, to avoid unintended liability, before distributing your completed employee manual to your employees, have an attorney who specializes in the employment laws and regulations of your city, county and state review it.
Michelle Corbo, PHR, PHRca