Laws & Regulations


California dentists will comply with a dozen new employment laws beginning in 2023

The new year always brings new laws for employers in California, and 2023 is no exception for dental practices. The laws run the gamut of employment concerns. Many took effect Jan. 1, while others allow a grace period to fully comply. Many affect employers of every size.

January 10, 2023 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, 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 |Employment Practices, Hiring, Firing & Performance, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Online Learning, Practice Management, Staffing & Training

CalSavers Retirement Savings Program expands to include employers with 1-4 employees

Soon, all California employers with at least one employee and no employer-sponsored retirement plan will be required to facilitate CalSavers enrollment for their workers, including new hires within 30 days of hiring. 

December 13, 2022 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

California workers will be legally protected during emergency conditions

Most employees in California, including dental professionals, will gain legal protections from retaliatory actions by employers during emergency situations when a state law takes effect Jan. 1, 2023.

November 14, 2022 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

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

Bereavement leave protected by California law beginning January 2023

Amendments to the California Family Rights Act and Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act expand employees’ leave rights and take effect Jan. 1, 2023. The changes require covered employers to provide protected bereavement leave and allow employees to take time off to care for a "designated person." 

October 25, 2022 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals

California workers gain protections for off-the-clock cannabis use beginning January 2024

California law will soon bar most employers from penalizing or discriminating against applicants or workers who use cannabis off the clock and away from the workplace. Employers should update their drug test policies before law takes effect.

October 12, 2022 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

Weekly COVID testing mandate ends for unvaccinated health care workers in California

The California Department of Public Health on Sept. 17 ended the COVID-19 testing mandate for unvaccinated health care workers and other individuals in high-risk settings, which include dental offices.

September 21, 2022 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

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

With the holiday season’s arrival, Michelle Coker, employment practices analyst at CDA Practice Support, is taking calls from members who have questions about the laws governing holiday pay. She’s assembled tips to guide California dentists based on her conversations with callers.

December 6, 2021 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals

CalSavers enrollment required by June 2022 for employers without a retirement plan

Dental practice owners and other employers who have 5 to 50 employees and do not have a retirement plan in place will be required by state law to enroll their employees in CalSavers no later than June 30, 2022.

November 3, 2021 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

Dentists required to comply with new information blocking rule granting patients more access to health records

All health care providers, including dentists, will soon be required to comply with a new federal regulation that aims to enhance a patient’s right to access their health information. Under the new rule, patients will have greater and, at times, immediate access to health information.

September 29, 2021 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals, Privacy/HIPAA, Regulatory Compliance

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