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2016

Dec. 22, 2016: Changes to employee rest period

Due to a California Supreme Court decision, employees must now be relieved of all duties for their two 10-minute paid break periods to be considered lawful. Employers should ensure the rest break policy does not restrict or require an employee to stay on the premises or remain available to answer business operations questions while on break. Use Sample Meal and Rest Break Policy (Doc) to update employee manuals and Practice Policy Revision Employee Acknowledgment Template (Doc) when informing staff of policy changes.

July 1, 2016: Submit email address

Each individual licensed or permitted by the Dental Board of California or the Dental Hygiene Committee of California must submit an email address to the Dental Board. Send an email to [email protected], using the subject line "Electronic Mail Address Requirement" and include in the body of the email the individual's name, license type, license number and email address. The electronic mail address shall be considered confidential and not subject to public disclosure.

July 18, 2016: ACA 1557: Provide interpreters, ensure accessibility

Under the Affordable Care Act, dentists participating as providers in the Denti-Cal, Medicare Advantage and CHIP (formerly known as Healthy Families) programs and those who have received Meaningful Use funding are required to comply with new federal anti-discrimination policies. They must provide interpreters or translators to patients with limited English proficiency, ensure accessible online appointment systems and billing, ensure employee health plans are in compliance with anti-discrimination laws, and comply with standards concerning dental facility alterations or new construction.

Oct. 18, 2016: ACA 1557: Post nondiscrimination notices and submit Assurance of Compliance Form

Under the Affordable Care Act, dentists participating as providers in the Denti-Cal, Medicare Advantage and CHIP (formerly known as Healthy Families) programs and those who have received Meaningful Use funding are required to comply with new federal nondiscrimination policies. They must post a notice of nondiscrimination, post taglines in the top 15 non-English languages spoken in California and offer free language assistance, and post information regarding grievance procedures for practices with 15 or more employees. Also, they must complete and submit the Assurance of Compliance Form (HHS 690) to the Office of Civil Rights. The form may also be reviewed and electronically submitted through this website.