Tackling the dental assistant shortage: CDA resources, support and legislative action

The shortage of dental assistants impacts the productivity of the total practice. CDA members benefit from easy-to-implement training programs and staffing support plus legislative advocacy pursued on behalf of California practices.

October 26, 2023 |2023, Advocacy, Community, Education, Employment Practices, Hiring/Firing, Legislation, News Articles

TDIC’s Risk Management Advice Line offers guidance for complex practice challenges

Seeking specialized advice from risk management experts is essential for addressing the complexities of running a dental practice and managing employee dynamics. Collaboration with TDIC’s Advice Line analysts contributes to the long-term viability, success and prosperity of the dental practice.

October 3, 2023 |2023, Employment Practices, Hiring/Firing, Insurance/TDIC, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals, Practice Management, Regulatory Compliance

Thinking of bringing on a virtual assistant in the dental practice? That’s an option, but proceed with caution

HIPAA does not prohibit the use of virtual assistants, including those who work outside of the U.S. However, as HIPAA-covered entities, dentists and the business associates they contract with are responsible for ensuring assistants are trained to safeguard patient information.

July 26, 2023 |2023, Hiring/Firing, News Articles, Privacy/HIPAA

Dental assistant training programs throughout California address staffing shortages

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

May 18, 2023 |2023, Education, Employment Practices, Hiring/Firing, News Articles

Hire, Train and Retain Your Practice Team: Live webinar series to help practice owners build successful dental teams

The four-part series explores the crucial stages of finding qualified candidates, successfully integrating new team members into the dental practice and retaining top talent.

January 9, 2023 |2023, Employment Practices, Hiring/Firing, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Performance, Practice Management

Pay scale must be included in job postings by California employers with 15 or more employees

A new state law will increase wage transparency for California job applicants and current employees beginning Jan. 1, 2023, with resulting new job-posting, pay scale disclosure and records-maintenance requirements for covered employers. 

November 1, 2022 |2022, Employment Practices, Hiring/Firing, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

12-week in-office dental assistant training curriculum now available to CDA members

In-office dental assistant training has arrived for the many CDA members who continue to have challenges finding and hiring qualified dental assistants for their practice. The curriculum provides 12 weeks of supportive online learning for use alongside in-office training.

July 14, 2022 |2022, Education, Employment Practices, Hiring/Firing, News Articles

Invest in interviewing to reduce risk of bad hires

Dental staffing shortages may make it tempting to offer a position to the first person who turns in an application, but a measured approach to hiring is recommended. Time and planning invested in your practice’s hiring process will save you money, maintain consistency and reduce risks of bad hires.

May 3, 2022 |2022, Employment Practices, Hiring/Firing, News Articles, Practice Management

Recruitment strategies to overcome staffing shortages in dental offices

The current hiring market is very competitive, with a shortage of candidates to fill open positions. CDA Practice Support analysts offer their expert guidance to help guide dental practice owners through the process of recruiting, hiring and retaining employees.

February 2, 2022 |2022, Employment Practices, Hiring/Firing, News Articles

California ‘right to recall’ law requires certain employers to rehire laid-off employees

Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 16 signed a bill that requires employers in certain industries statewide to rehire employees who were laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dental practice owners who hire and employ an individual janitorial staff member to clean their dental office are considered covered employers and must comply with the new obligations. 

April 28, 2021 |2021, Employment Practices, Hiring/Firing, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

Layoffs, furloughs and wage reductions: Considerations for dental practice owners heading into 2021

Dental practice schedules and production have certainly been a rollercoaster in 2020. As we near the end of the year, many practices are reporting a slight decline in patient volume compared to the third quarter. 

December 15, 2020 |2020, Hiring/Firing, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals

Seeking a dental assistant? Consider transferable skills while recruiting and hiring

With an increasing demand for dental assistants throughout California, CDA is encouraging member dentists to consider transferable skills while recruiting and hiring. Smile Crew CA aims to create a pool of qualified candidates by targeting job seekers who have been displaced from service roles with adaptable skills that would make them a viable dental assistant.  

December 10, 2020 |2020, Employment Practices, General Business, Hiring/Firing, Membership, News Articles