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October 1, 2017: City of Berkeley Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave changes

For all employers in the city of Berkeley, Calif., minimum wage increases to $13.75 and increased paid sick leave requirements also become operative effective Oct. 1, 2017. Detailed information and posting requirements about minimum wage requirements can be found on the City of Berkeley’s website. As part of paid sick leave requirements, covered employees accrue one paid sick leave hour for every 30 hours worked; the ordinance is silent with regard to front-loaded allowances. For small businesses, which employ fewer than 25 employees, there is a cap of 48 hours per year; for all other businesses, the cap is 72 hours, though employers can set a higher cap or no cap. Accrued but unused leave carries over from year to year — whether calendar or fiscal year — but cannot exceed the cap. Employers who don’t meet the minimum requirements may still be required to update their written paid sick leave policies.

Sept. 18, 2017: Employers must use revised I-9 form

Beginning Sept. 18, employers must use the revised I-9 form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. From July 17–Sept. 17, they are permitted to use the previous form with a date of 11/14/16 N. The new version brings very subtle changes to the form’s instructions and a list of acceptable documents, which were created with the goal of making the form easier to navigate. Current storage and retention rules have not changed. Visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website at

July 14, 2017: Install Amalgam Separators

With some exceptions, new dental facilities opened on or after June 14, 2017 (does not include purchase of existing dental facility) must install an amalgam separator by this date and comply with documentation requirements. Separators must be compliant with either the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) American National Standard/American Dental Association (ADA) Specification 108 for Amalgam Separators (2009) With Technical Addendum (2011) or the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 11143 Standard (2008) or subsequent versions so long as that version requires amalgam separators to achieve at least a 95 percent removal efficiency.

July 1, 2017: Mandatory paid sick leave in the City of Los Angeles

PSL law will apply to employers with 25 or fewer employees as of July 1, 2017. The Los Angeles PSL ordinance contains different provisions than the state PSL law; employers within the city limits must comply with both state and local law. For each provision, protection or benefit, employers must provide whichever is more generous to the employee. Employers must also update their PSL policies accordingly.

July 1, 2017: Provide notice of protected leave for domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking

Under AB 2337, California employers with 25 or more employees must provide written notice to employees of their rights to take protected leave for domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. The notice should be provided to new employees and to other employees by request. The notice can be downloaded from the Department of Industrial Relations.


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Regulatory Compliance News

Image of rapid COVID-19 test that reads Governor signs legislation permitting California dentists to apply for licensure to administer rapid COVID-19 tests in the office

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 8 signed into law CDA-sponsored legislation that allows California-licensed dentists to apply for the requisite laboratory licensure to administer rapid COVID-19 tests in the dental office. The new law also gives dentists permanent authority to administer FDA-approved or FDA-authorized COVID-19 and flu vaccines.

C.E. waiver extension gives California dental professionals until March 2022 to complete license renewal requirements

The Department of Consumer Affairs issued a new waiver that gives all California-licensed dental professionals whose active licenses expire in October 2021 until March 28, 2022, to meet license renewal requirements.

Q4 Practice Health Check: Reviewing benefit claims processes and code changes for 2022

A new CDA Practice Health Check can help dental practices prepare for the American Dental Association’s CDT code changes for 2022. The ADA updates CDT codes annually, and failure to review the changes could lead to unnecessary claim denials and delays.