How to Handle Employment of Your Dental Practice during COVID-19

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During these uncertain times, it’s impossible to predict when things will go back to the new normal and what that will look like. As a business owner, it’s important to plan for all scenarios while also doing what’s best right now. If you’ve had to shut down shop temporarily, here’s how to handle employment at your dental practice during COVID-19.

Consult HR

Whether you’re operating under a dental service organization (DSO) or as an individual practice, human resource (HR) companies exist for a reason. Is it better to lay off or furlough employees with the expectation of coming back? Should you find work for them to do part-time from home? An HR expert will have answers to all these questions and more, so take advantage of their services.

Review state labor laws

State labor law websites are constantly being updated with new rules for unemployment and paid time off. Because each state has its own set of guidelines that are evolving with the current climate, it would be impossible to list all the scenarios here, so consult your own state’s labor law website as you need guidance going forward.

Consider federal laws

In addition to individual state laws, regulations are being put out on a federal level that cover the best interests of both the employer and employee. The U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has options for parents trying to juggle childcare, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides relief for those businesses in the health care field, and the Small Business Association (SBA) provides resources to those who have had to shutter their doors indefinitely.

Communicate clearly

Chances are, your employees have all the same questions you do but fewer answers. Once you have a clear path forward, make sure you are communicating with them often so everyone is on the same page. Setting expectations up front as best as you can will make an easier transition once you are able to open your doors again.

What’s next?

Contact the experts at Professional Transition Strategies to figure out your next steps forward and the resources to get you there.