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Employee or independent contractor?

April 9, 2018

For many years, dental practice owners have treated associates and some registered dental hygienists as independent contractors. Practice owners need to be aware of updates to California laws that specifically pertain to independent contractors and that the

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Delta Dental Settlement Information

March 8, 2018

Dentists seeking information regarding CDA’s amended settlement agreement with Delta Dental can find all related information posted atDeltaDentalofCaliforniaSettlement.com. Under the settlement agreement, Delta Dental must pay $65

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Employers should implement new tax withholding tables for 2018

February 1, 2018

To comply with the 2017 Tax Bill signed into law in December by President Donald Trump, the IRS on Jan. 11 issued revised income tax withholding tables for employee paychecks. “Employers should implement the 2018 withholding tables as soon as pos

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New infection control standard applies to treating exposed dental pulp

January 5, 2018

An emergency regulation soon to be adopted by the Dental Board of California amends the minimum standards for infection control to require that water or other methods used for irrigation be sterile or contain recognized disinfecting or antibacterial properties when treating exposed dental pulp. All individuals licensed to practice dentistry in California will be required to follow the new infectio

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Updates to 2017-18 Required Poster Set

January 2, 2018

Updates to 2017-18 Required Poster Set Regulatory changes have occurred since the printing of the 2017-18 CDA Required Poster Set. As of December 2017, the three changes are: The California Department of Industrial Relationsupdated Wa

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CDA Foundation establishes disaster relief grant for dental professionals

December 15, 2017

The loss of life and devastating damage caused by the Northern and Southern California area wildfires is heartbreaking to say the least. Thousands have been affected as the fires ravage through their lives — destroying homes, businesses, schools and e

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Check the dates on your required poster set

December 6, 2017

As a member benefit, CDA Practice Support offers an easy-to-display poster set that contains all the latest health, safety and employee rights information practice owners need to post to comply with state and federal agency regulations. If you haven&rs

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All employers required to e-file and e-pay with EDD in the new year

December 1, 2017

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, employers of every size will be required to register with the Employment Development Department’s e-Services for Business and file all wage reports and employment tax returns and pay all contributions for unemploy

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New benefits for Denti-Cal adults in 2018

November 2, 2017

More than 7 million adults (21 years of age and older) enrolled in Denti-Cal, California’s Medicaid dental program, will have a fully restored package of dental benefits in 2018. The adult benefit package was drastically cut in 2009 due to the state

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Dental board licensure fee increases anticipated in November

October 9, 2017

With the anticipated final approval from the stateOffice of Administrative Law, initial and biennial dental licensure fees will increase with an estimated effective date of November 2017. A group of ancillary fees that is linked by law to the biennial renewal fee will increase as well. Dental licensure renewal fees were last raised in 2013, which was the first increase in 15 years. Although the

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Delta hearing scheduled for Oct. 11

October 2, 2017

A case management conference related to CDA's proposed settlement agreement with Delta Dental has been rescheduled for Oct. 11, from the previous date of Aug. 25. The hearing was scheduled to provide additional time for CDA, Delta Dental and the cour

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Rate changes ahead for Covered California

September 12, 2017

Covered California, California’s health-based marketplace, released in early August its proposed 2018 rates for the individual health plan market. The proposed 2018 rates include an average weighted rate increase of 12.5 percent for health coverage.

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MICRA provision upheld by courts

August 1, 2017

MICRA provision upheld by courts A recent court ruling has upheld a provision of the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) that protects dentists and other health care providers from frivolous lawsuits. The decision is consistent w

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The National Consumer Ad Campaign Has Launched!

July 12, 2017

As of July 10, potential patients will see new digital ads urging them to schedule a dental checkup with ADA dentist. The ad campaign is the latest phase of the three-year initiative to drive new patients to ADA members. A mix of paid search, banner ads and social media posts direct patients to the Find-a-Dentist tool. If you have not updated your profile please click the link: Update your profile

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Minimum wage, paid sick leave increases take effect July 1

July 3, 2017

A number of local minimum wage increases across California will take effect July 1, 2017. Eligibility rules may vary among the locations listed below. Practice owners should review the individual city ordinances and follow posting requirements to be in compliance. Employers should update practice employee manuals and policies accordingly. Specifically, the following cities and county will incre

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Hearing date for Delta Dental settlement to be rescheduled

June 27, 2017

A San Francisco Superior Court judge has delayed dates related to CDA’s proposed settlement agreement with Delta Dental — the June 26 deadline to opt out or object to the proposed settlement and the Aug. 31 hearing on final approval. The cour

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EPA rule requiring amalgam separators takes effect July 14

June 14, 2017

EPA rule requiring amalgam separators takes effect July 14 Following a six-month delay, the Environmental Protection Agency on June 14 published a final rule under the Clean Water Act to control the discharge of mercury and other metals

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Nominate a dentist for Humanitarian Award by June 30

June 2, 2017

Established in 2008, theCDA Foundation Humanitarian Awardrecognizes California dentists who have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of outstanding unselfish leadership and contributions to fellow human beings in the field of dentistry. Jeffrey M

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Practices required to post updated Wage Order 4

May 30, 2017

Practices required to post updated Wage Order 4 As a best practice, all California practice owners or employers should know the applicable wage order for their business and employees along with the regulations contained in it. California

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Application deadline for 2018 volunteer leadership positions

May 15, 2017

Application deadline for 2018 volunteer leadership positions Apply by May 31 for positions on CDA councils, committees and boards in 2018. Opportunities include at-large positions, such as on the Council on Membership, Government Affairs Council and Judicial Council, as well as trustee positions, such as on the Committee on Volunteer Placement and the TDSC Bo

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Delta Dental proposed settlement notices to be mailed by May 12

May 2, 2017

Delta Dental proposed settlement notices to be mailed by May 12, 2017 Dentists who are part of a class action lawsuit against Delta Dental of California should expect to receive notices of the proposed settlement in the mail soon. Preliminary appro

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