Laws & Regulations

Exempt and nonexempt in the dental office: Classify correctly to avoid penalties

Exempt or nonexempt? In California, the distinction is a legal one. Wage and hour orders protect nonexempt employees, and employers…

May 30, 2024 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

Virtual membership meeting offers strategies for dental practice teams to prevent workplace violence

Recent tragic events and resulting legislation have led business owners, including dentists, to think seriously about workplace violence. As a…

May 29, 2024 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals, Practice Management, Regulatory Compliance

Noncompete agreements are void and prohibited by law in California

With news about the Federal Trade Commission’s ban in late April on noncompete agreements nationwide, dentists may be wondering how…

May 6, 2024 |Hiring, Firing & Performance, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

Workplace violence prevention plan must be implemented by California dental practices by July 1

May 3, 2024: The article as first published reported incorrectly that the law only applies to California employers with 10…

May 1, 2024 |Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Dentists can use CDA’s new Practice Health Check to evaluate employment practices

Every quarter, CDA publishes a Practice Health Check focusing on a different topic related to the business side of dentistry. Alternative Workweek schedules and employee onboarding are the topics in the second quarter of 2024.

April 16, 2024 |Employment Practices, Hiring, Firing & Performance, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

Classifying workers as independent contractors even less permissible under new federal rule

The rules for classifying workers in California are already strict — especially after Assembly Bill 5 became law in January…

February 29, 2024 |Laws & Regulations, News Articles

All employees get five days California Paid Sick Leave starting in 2024

Employees in California will be allowed to take five days of paid sick leave — up from the current three — beginning Jan. 1, 2024, under legislation signed into law in October. The law applies to employers of every size. Salary, hourly, full-time, part-time and temporary employees are eligible for the leave.

November 29, 2023 |Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals

California’s minimum wage is $16 for all employers in January 2024

California’s minimum wage will rise again Jan. 1, 2024 – to $16 per hour for employers of every size as a result of inflation. But wages in more than 30 California counties are already higher and most of them will rise again in either January or July.

November 7, 2023 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

Holiday pay in California: The law and best practices for dentists

With the holiday season’s arrival, CDA’s employment practices analyst is receiving calls from members who have questions about the laws governing holiday pay. Here she’s assembled some tips to guide California dentists based on her conversations with callers.

November 1, 2023 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

L.A.’s new Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance should prompt California dentists statewide to review associate classification

A new Los Angeles city ordinance requires employers who hire and retain freelance workers within the city to provide a written contract and timely payment among other things and also established certain rights for freelance workers. 

August 15, 2023 |Early Career Dentists, Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

California court rules employer did not discriminate against worker in COVID-vaccination termination case

California employers still can choose to mandate COVID-19 and flu vaccination for their workers with some potential exemptions. A recent California appeals court decision provides guidance for employers who choose to do so.

August 2, 2023 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

California dental practices must print and display new labor law posters

Dental practices must print and display in the workplace six revised posters issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, California Civil Rights Department and Califoria Department of Industrial Relations.

June 21, 2023 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles