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Balancing the roles of healthcare provider and employer can be a challenge. Get advice on how to write job descriptions, create applications, place help wanted ads, set meal breaks, establish alternative work schedules, and terminate an employee.
April 2023: Mandatory Update to Federal Minimum Wage Poster

A recent update to federal law providing additional rights to parents who must express breast milk at work has impacted the federal Minimum Wage poster. Known as the “PUMP” Act (Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers), the law impacts employers who are not covered by California’s more expansive protections. Since it came into effect employers must accommodate nursing mothers by, among other things, providing a location other than a bathroom to express breast milk. California has required lactation accommodation for a number of years and requires notices to employees above and beyond poster notice requirements.

Poster last revised: April 2023 (previous versions, including the August 2016 version included in CDA’s Required Poster Set, no longer fulfill the posting requirement and should be replaced). You must download a pdf of the revised poster and affix it over the prior poster.

June 2023: Mandatory Update to Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) Poster

Although the Department of Labor’s website description for the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) Poster still shows reference to the 2016 posting date, the poster itself has been added to reflect a “2/22 revision” update.

Poster last revised: February 2022 (previous versions, including the July 2016 version included in CDA’s Required Poster Set, no longer satisfy the posting requirement and should be replaced). You must download a pdf of the revised poster and affix it over the prior poster.

Required Postings in a Dental Office

Lists posters required at dental offices and required pamphlets. Poster sets are distributed to practice owners biennially. This resource is part of the Regulatory Compliance Manual. Updated October 2022.

CFRA Guidance

Dental practice owners should be aware and prepared for major changes to California’s Family Rights Act that go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.

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End of Year Updates for Your Practice

What you need to know to keep your practice compliant and avoid legal risks in 2021.


Employee Manual Resources

Create a personalized employee manual using an online tool or a sample employee manual.

General New Hire Toolkit

This toolkit covers recruiting, interviewing, hiring and onboarding, and provides a general list of basic hiring documents. If you are hiring a temporary employee or associate dentist, you will also need our additional hiring toolkits.

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Hiring Associates Toolkit

Associates may be classified as either an independent contractor or an employee. This toolkit includes information to help you determine how to hire an associate.

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Hiring Temporary Employees

Short-term employees are considered employees by the State of California and require additional documentation. This toolkit covers hiring, paying and terminating temporary employees.

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Resource Library

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Employment Practice News

Dental assistant training programs throughout California address staffing shortages

Local dental societies and dentists have successfully implemented CDA’s Dental Assistant Training curriculum to provide effective, accelerated training to the labor force in their areas. Learn more about these local programs and CDA’s upcoming Smile Crew CA Dental Assistant Training Bootcamp.

Recognize the efforts of dental team members to improve retention, bolster morale

As the competition for talent escalates, the need for practice owners to show that they value their current employees has become more important than ever. Stay up to date on upcoming employee appreciation weeks.

CDA reminds dentist employers of the importance of meal and rest breaks

CDA encourages its members to take a proactive approach to employee meal and rest break compliance. Doing so requires an understanding of the regulations involved and communicating with employees about them.