Employee Manual Resources

Sound employment policies provide the principles by which you govern your employee relationships in a fair and consistent manner. An employee manual can provide clarity to your dental team on what is expected of them. And, when the policies are documented and applied consistently, they can prevent workplace misunderstandings. 

Why do you need a manual?
An employee manual allows you to lawfully discipline employees who have violated any non-specified rules. While having an employee manual itself is not a legal requirement, there are specific laws that require you to notify employees of certain workplace rights in writing, so a well-developed manual is essential to documenting compliance with federal, state and local employment regulations. Know that outdated or erroneous policies can be as dangerous as having no policies at all.

How can CDA support you?
CDA Practice Support offers members two comprehensive resources for developing organized, structured and customized employee manuals.

Sample Employee Manual

This easy-to-use template, which reflects updated policies for 2019, was developed by attorneys specifically for dental practices. Learn more >

Employee Manual Generator

This new online solution from HR for Health walks practice owners through a series of questions to produce an up-to-date customized, compliant manual. Learn more >

How do you get started?

Whether you choose the sample template or online generator, you’ll be more efficient if you’re prepared with the following:

  • Benefits offering details (vacation, holidays, health insurance, in-house benefits, etc.)
  • An understanding of mandatory paid sick leave requirements for FT and PT employees
  • Rate of pay for mandatory meetings, training, travel time and on-call work
  • Alternate work schedule and its impact on benefits, as applicable

Have questions or need help getting started? Ask An Expert on the Practice Support team.

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The information provided by this Sample Employee Manual is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice, recommendations, or counseling under any circumstance and no attorney-client relationship is formed. No recipients of this Sample Employee Manual should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in the Sample Employee Manual without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice. The content of this Sample Employee Manual contains general information. Although best efforts have been made to provide quality information, there is no guarantee or warranty that the content or quality of this Sample Employee Manual is accurate. Neither the California Dental Association (CDA) nor any of its subsidiaries or its attorneys assume liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. Neither CDA nor any of its subsidiaries or its attorneys shall be liable for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage of any kind resulting from your use of the Sample Employee Manual or the information contained herein. Additionally, this agreement does not imply that any of its provisions are covered by your Professional Liability (PL) Carrier or Employment Practices Liability (EPLI) carrier. Contact your PL or EPLI carrier or attorney with questions prior to creating or distributing a Sample Employee Manual.

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