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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.


Aug. 27, 2021: CDPH Order for COVID-19 Vaccination or Weekly Testing

Except in those communities where more stringent requirements apply, dental health care workers are required to comply with the California Department of Public Health July 26 order to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or test weekly. Employers are required to maintain documentation of both vaccination and testing. The department’s Aug 5, 2021 order does not apply to dental practices.

June 30, 2021: CalSavers Compliance Deadline

California launched CalSavers to give employers an easy way to comply with the mandate and help their employees save for retirement.

State law now requires all businesses with five or more employees to facilitate CalSavers if they do not sponsor a retirement plan. Deadlines for employers to comply vary based on the size of business. The deadline for employers with more than 50 employees is June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2022 for employers with five or more employees. Eligible employers with 50 or more employees who have not yet registered, should do so as soon as possible to avoid penalties. Smaller employers may register early without penalty. Visit for more information on how to register.

January 1, 2021 California Family Rights Act leave benefits become available to employees of small businesses of five or more employees

Employers of five or more employees must begin to provide up to 12-weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees. Employees who meet the eligibility requirements can take leave for the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child or for a serious health condition of the employee or a specified family member. Employers should watch for updated notices and update practice leave policies. Check here later for additional resources.

January 1, 2021 AB 685 Required notification to employees of exposure; local health department of outbreak in the workplace

Requires written notice to employees in the event of a COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. Also, under the new law, if an employer is aware of a COVID-19 outbreak ― defined as three confirmed cases within 14 days ― occurring at the worksite, the employer is required to report within 48 hours the confirmed cases to their local public health agency. Read more here. Check here later for a resource that includes sample notification language.

January 1, 2021: The Paid Family Leave benefits expanding

The program is expanding to offer benefits to any employee who takes time off to attend to situations (qualifying exigencies) related to the covered active duty status of the employee’s spouse, registered domestic partner, child or parent who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. This new law does not create a right to take a protected leave of absence, merely the ability to collect PFL benefits (after Jan. 1, 2021) if the employee does take the time off.

January 1, 2021: Controlled substances prescription form must have a unique serial number

Prescribers in need of new controlled substance prescription forms should ensure they order from an approved printer listed on the DOJ website. New prescription forms with serial numbers formatted in the manner prescribed by SB 149 may be available by early to mid-2020. Confirm with the printer that the form meets California’s serial number requirements for 2021 before ordering forms. Consider moving to e-prescribing for controlled substances which is expected to be mandatory January 1, 2022.

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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.

Resource Library

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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.