In a rare example of an NFL team team taking a hard line on health care, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced Tuesday that they have ordered all family dentist staff to undergo a two-week leave.
The Jaguars have been among the NFL’s harshest critics of the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that all employers provide at least two weeks of paid leave for all workers.
In the last year, the team has paid out more than $1.4 million in fines, suspensions and unpaid leave to employees, according to the NFL Players Association.
“We have an obligation to our employees to perform our job fairly and within the rules of the game,” Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said in a statement.
“We’re pleased to announce that our team has agreed to pay for the additional two weeks off to our family dental staff, as well as for other medical and related services that our family relies on to provide quality care.”
The Jaguars also agreed to hire additional dental and vision care workers to help with dental costs.
The move was first reported by The Associated Press.
The team has been criticized for its treatment of workers, including its hiring of former Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore as its team physician.
Moore left the team after the 2011 season to work for the New York Giants, who also fired him.
The Jaguars have not had a new team physician since.
The Raiders were also fined $1 million for the hiring of Moore’s replacement, Dr. Andrew Miller.
Raiders officials said Moore is now their team physician, while Miller is an internist and not a dentist.
The Chargers also paid a $1,000 fine to the team for hiring Moore as a consultant.
The team said Moore left the Chargers to become a consultant in 2014.
The NFLPA also announced Tuesday it has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all Chargers players, coaches and staff to seek back pay.
The NFLPA said it plans to use the suit to force the team to provide more compensation for employees, including full and fair compensation for health care.
The Dolphins also have taken a tough stance on health insurance coverage in recent years, with former team doctors and team officials saying they saw the benefits of the policy in protecting their employees’ health care and reducing the costs of the team’s expensive facilities.
The San Diego Chargers said in May that it would begin requiring all team employees to have health insurance.
The move followed a similar move by the Los Angeles Chargers, who required all employees to sign up for health insurance before the start of the season in 2016.
The Jets and Panthers also issued similar demands.