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Regulatory Compliance

Keep ahead of the compliance process with our customizable Regulatory Compliance Manual. Plus, learn about CURES and opioid pain management, review upcoming regulation deadlines and check your practice’s compliance.


January 1, 2019: Amendments to clarify ambiguities to salary history ban law

The new law amends the Labor Code to specify that an employer may now ask for an applicant’s salary expectations for the position being applied for, only external applicants (not current employees) and are entitled to request a pay scale for the position they are applying for, but only after completing an initial interview. The pay scale provided only needs to include salary and hourly wage ranges. AB 2282

January 1, 2019: Updated Lactation Accommodation location requirements

Section 1031 of the Labor Code has now been updated to specify that employers should provide a location other than a bathroom. Employers must make reasonable efforts to provide the employee the use of a room, other than a bathroom, in close proximity to the employees work area to express milk in private. Employers should update their employee policy to reflect the new
lactation accommodation requirements. Sample Employee Manual (Doc)

January 1, 2019: Implement new minimum wage increases

The minimum wage for a large employer with 26 or more employees in California will increase from $11 per hour to $12 per hour, and employers with 25 or fewer employees will increase from $10.50 per hour to $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2019. Some cities and counties have their own ordinances beyond what is required by state law, with more expected to follow. CDA provides a guide to minimum wage ordinances by city and county and employers are advised to check with their local jurisdictions to ensure they are in compliance.

January 1, 2019: Prescriber obligation to prescribe and educate on naloxone use

As of Jan. 1, 2019, a prescriber must offer to a patient a prescription for naloxone hydrochloride or other FDA-approved drug for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression when one or more of the following conditions are present:

  1. The prescription dosage for the patient is 90 or more morphine milligram equivalents of an opioid medication per day. (See this CDC document on how to calculate MME.)
  2. An opioid medication is prescribed concurrently with a prescription for benzodiazepine.
  3. The patient presents with an increased risk for overdose, including a patient with a history of overdose, a patient with a history of substance use disorder or a patient at risk for returning to a high dose of opioid medication to which the patient is no longer tolerant.

Additionally, a prescriber must provide education to a patient, or the patient’s guardian if patient is a minor, receiving a prescription per the above circumstance on overdose prevention and the use of naloxone hydrochloride or other FDA-approved drug for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression. AB 2760

January 1, 2019: Mandatory opioid prescription discussion with minor or minor’s parent

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, a prescriber is required to discuss the following with a minor or the minor’s parent or guardian before issuing the first opioid prescription in a single course of treatment:

  1. The risks of addiction and overdose associated with the use of opioids.
  2. The increased risk of addiction to an opioid to an individual suffering from both mental and substance-abuse disorders.
  3. The danger of taking an opioid with benzodiazepine, alcohol or another central nervous system depressant.

A new informed consent form, Consent to Prescribe Opioid to a Minor, (Spanish version) has been developed and is available on the TDIC and CDA Practice Support websites.


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Regulatory Compliance Manual

This manual provides sample written plans and forms to assist a dental practice in Cal/OSHA compliance. It also has information on waste management.

CURES and Opioid Pain Management

CDA continues to promote best practices and compliance with state and federal laws regarding opioid pain management.

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Regulatory Compliance News

Image of wood blocks with the words: Rules, Law, Standards, Polices, Regulations. Dentists: Are you in compliance with current regulations and aware of upcoming deadlines?

CDA members can rely on CDA Practice Support’s “Are You In Compliance?” webpage for details about current and future laws and regulations that apply to dental practices. Entries span all areas of dental practice, from employment practices to general business.

Image includes a sign that reads: OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Federal OSHA's rule requiring COVID-19 vaccination or testing for large employers delayed

Citing the need for further review, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Nov. 12 granted a motion to suspend federal OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard that was due to take effect Jan. 4.

Federal rules require COVID-19 vaccination for more workers by Jan. 4 with no testing option for health care workers in Medicare and Medicaid facilities

Two new federal rules require more U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4. The rules support President Biden's pandemic plan and apply to workers at medium and large companies and to workers in certain health care settings that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding.