To WLADS Members and Friends,

With our new state of the world, we have new updates to share for you and your staff.

Today, CDA shared the news that CDA Presents scheduled for May in Anaheim has been canceled in accordance with public health guidance on coronavirus. Details about registration refunds and other convention information can be found here.

 

Tomorrow/Friday, March 20, in an effort to disseminate more information to CDA members on addressing employee issues related to the practice interruptions from COVID-19, CDA is hosting a webinar at 10 a.m. HR for Health’s Ali Oromchian, Esq. will be answering some of the most frequently asked questions the CDA is receiving from dentists and their teams. Registration is limited to the first 500 participants. If you would like to register, please follow this link: https://www.cda.org/Home/News-and-Events/Newsroom/Article-Details/cda-to-host-live-webinar-fri-mar-20-to-help-employers-address-covid-19-hr-concerns

 

As we mentioned yesterday, and per an e-mail from the ADA, last night the House and Senate passed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” The three issues of most interest to dental practices include: emergency paid sick leave; emergency expansion of family and medical leave; and tax credits.

Under the sick leave provisions, dentist owners could be required—under certain circumstances—to pay two weeks of sick leave to employees. Those circumstances include:
1. The employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order;
2. The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine;
3. The employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis;
4. The employee is caring for an individual to which points 1 or 2 apply;
5. The employee is caring for a child if the child’s school or place of care has been closed; or,
6. The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and the Treasury.

 

However, the bill allows the Secretary of Labor the regulatory authority to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the requirement to offer this leave to employees whose child’s school or daycare was closed due to the coronavirus “when the imposition of such requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.”

Likewise, under the family medical leave provisions, dentist owners could be required to pay for leave, but only for those employees who must care for their children because their school or child care center is closed. The Secretary of Labor has the regulatory authority to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from this provision and our letter to the Secretary requests that exemption.

The bill also provides employers with tax credits against payroll taxes to cover amounts paid under the new sick and family and medical leave benefits. This is intended to help offset the cost to employers.

The Department of Labor will put out guidance on these provisions that will help guide businesses through the regulations. We will share this information with our members as soon as it is available from the Federal Government.

For a comprehensive FAQ to help explain how the federal government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, visit the Ways and Means website. The ADA is lobbying Congress on a third legislative package in response to the coronavirus pandemic by asking lawmakers to include provisions on how to assist dental practices and other small businesses facing economic burdens. To directly contact your legislators to ensure they include programs helping dentistry within these bills, please visit the ADA Legislative Action Center.

 

In an effort to help our community, Dr. Marc Hayashi has generously volunteer to lead a WLADS mask drive. If you are able to donate masks or other much needed supplies to our local hospitals at this time, please contact Dr. Hayashi at: mhayashi@dentistry.ucla.edu.

 

Remember, WLADS is here for you, so if you need anything or have questions, please send e-mails to staff@westernlads.org or call the office at 310-349-2199. If you haven’t already done so, we kindly ask that you fill out this survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M3L5LCQ) to let us know if you are open and which procedures (if any) you are doing. This information is for WLADS office staff only and will be used as a resource only.

 

Thank you, be healthy and stay safe,
David Downs, DDS

WLADS Board President

 

CDA Practice Support is available at 800.232.7645 but is experiencing a significant increase in calls, so wait times may be longer than usual. You can also see WLADS updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as our Web site.

 

We encourage you to continue to check reliable sources for the latest information: