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Dental Assisting Campaign

In response to a critical need for dental professionals across the state, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) and MDS Dental Practice and Benefits Committee launched a public outreach campaign promoting the dental assistant's role.
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Guest Board Program

The MDS is now accepting applications for the Guest Board Member Program. Any member dentist interested in learning about governance and gaining leadership experience is welcome to apply by April 17, 2023.

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Yankee Study Club Spring 2023

Yankee Study Club reimagines the way dental professionals connect, grow, and thrive in today's landscape. Join us online live or on-demand.

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In Massachusetts, most people who work or provide services are considered employees under the law. This means they have rights to minimum wage, overtime, and other protections.

The Attorney General's Office has contacted the Massachusetts Dental Society because they are concerned that dental staff members are being misclassified by some offices as contractors (1090s) when they should be classified as W2 employees. The Dental Practice and Benefits Committee reminds all dental practice owners that dental office staff (even temporary help) must be classified as employees. This applies regardless of the number of hours or days dental staff members work. Some temporary agencies may be supplying dentists with misleading information. It is the responsibility of the dental practice owner to classify staff appropriately.

Employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors may face criminal enforcement or civil penalties. Staff members who believe they are misclassified may file a wage complaint with the Attorney General's Office. 

If you have any questions, contact the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division Hotline at (617) 727-3465.

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