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June 1, 2016: Update hazard communication plans

Dental practices must have updated hazard communication plans and safety data sheets (SDS), place appropriate labels on secondary containers and train all staff on new chemical labeling and classification systems. CDA has developed a sample hazard communication plan and PowerPoint presentationfor use in dental practices.

April 1, 2016: Develop new antidiscrimination policies

Amendments to California's Fair Employment and Housing Act regulations, which generally apply to employers of five or more employees, require employers to develop and distribute antidiscrimination, anti-harassment and complaint investigation policies. CDA has developed sample policy language and a sample employee manual template for dental practices.

Jan. 1, 2016: Display whistleblower, injury posters

Dental practices must post California's Whistleblower Protection notice, printed no smaller than 8.5 inches by 14 inches, as well as Notice to Employees – Injuries Caused by Work, in both English and Spanish if dentists have Spanish-speaking employees.

July 1, 2015: Provide three days of sick leave

All employers in California are required to provide their employees a minimum of three paid sick days per year. Calculated at one hour for every 30 hours worked, sick pay can be accrued over time or given as a lump sum. CDA offers numerous resources on navigating sick law, including a breakdown of sick leave ordinances by city and county.