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Can I remove the bottom wall plate once a new header beam is installed?

I removed a section of load bearing wall in my house and installed a new header in the opening. The 2×4 at the bottom of the wall was not removed and sticks up above the surrounding flooring (~3/4″ on one side and ~1/4″ on the other).

The guys refinishing the floors want to remove the 2×4 so they can gradually build up between the two floor levels.
Does this sound safe?

The house is one storey built over a crawlspace, and the jack/king studs for the new opening do not sit directly over a floor joist.

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