Federal Laws for Dental Professionals
Below is information on federal laws applicable to dentistry and/or employers in Massachusetts.
FDA Issues Final Rule for Ban of Most Powdered Medical Gloves
Affordable Care Act (ACA)
- 1557 Requirements
- New Licensing Requirements for Dentists
- The ACA for Employers
- The ACA for Providers
Dental offices are required by BORID to conform to the most recent CDC recommendations for infection control as published in the CDC's "Recommended Infection Control Practices for Dentistry."
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
The new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has revised the salary threshold for employees, requiring dentists (employers) to pay overtime to full-time employees making less than $47,476.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of November 22, 2016, a federal judge from Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule, scheduled to take effect December 1. The rule would have doubled the salary threshold-from $23,660 to $47,476 per year-under which most salaried workers are guaranteed overtime, affecting how you pay some of your employees. The DOL is considering its legal options to overturn the injunction, so implementation may simply be delayed. Therefore, the MDS recommends that you ensure that you have employees properly classified under the current ruling, which is not just about salary but also about the duties your employees perform.
The Privacy Rule requires dentists and health care providers, as well as their business associates, to develop and follow procedures that ensure the confidentiality and security of protected health information when it is transferred, received, handled, or shared. This applies to all forms of communication, including paper, oral, and electronic.