Current meeting - Workplace Investigations, Conflict Resolution, and Terminations

May 11, 2016


Keeping Your Company Running Smoothly


  • Learn investigation basics, including who should (and should not) perform workplace investigations
  • Important tools to remain objective during investigations and conflict-resolution processes
  • Successful strategies to conduct complete investigations
  • Tactics to avoid damaging pitfalls before, during, and after investigations
  • Decisional factors regarding documentation of investigations
  • Appropriate corrective action
  • Creating and maintaining investigative files
  • Decisional processes before and after termination


Guest Speaker
Andrew J. Hoag, Attorney at Fisher & Phillips LLP

Andrew is a labor and employment attorney at Fisher & Phillips LLP in Los Angeles, specializing in counseling businesses on their daily employment-law needs. Andrew’s practice also includes litigating employment-law cases on behalf of management.

Andrew has defended single-plaintiff sexual harassment, race discrimination, age discrimination, disability discrimination matters, and wage and hour class actions. Andrew regularly defends matters brought before entities such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and state courts, federal courts, and arbitral forums.

Andrew speaks on employment-law issues throughout the Country and has authored academic and practitioner-oriented articles on California employment law. The Wall Street Journal Morning Risk Report and The Hill recently quoted Andrew on a seminal employment-law opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Andrew graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University, where he was an All-American collegiate debater. He earned his M.P.A. and J.D. from the University of Southern California.

Location And Agenda

This event is held at the Courtyard Marriott
600 Esplanade Drive in Oxnard


May 11, 2016


7:30 am – 12:00 noon
7:30 am Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am Program begins
12:00 noon Adjourn


Register Here


Mail your check and reservation form by May 6, 2016 to:
Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council
P.O. Box 52012
Oxnard CA 93031


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$75 for Breakfast / Half Day Seminar

Please indicate if you choose alternate dietary options on reservation form

If paying by company check please make sure your name is on the check


Registrations close at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 6, 2016; no refunds after this date.

We welcome walk-ins as space permits, on a first-come first-served basis ($85 cash or check; we cannot accept credit or debit cards).

EDD, an equal opportunity employer/program, is a partner in this event. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Requests for services, aids, and/or alternative formats need to be made prior to the event by calling 818 737-1166 (voice). TTY users please call the California Relay Service at 711.

This presentation is provided for educational and informational purposes only; it does not constitute an endorsement of the curriculum or speakers by the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) or by the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council (EAC). Aside from staff designated to represent EDD, we assume no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the materials provided during this event.

About Us


Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council (WVCEAC), is a subsidiary of the California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC), a non-profit corporation.

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What is the purpose of the WVCEAC?
The EAC was established to educate employers both large and small on the never ending issues we all must deal with to remain in compliance with Federal , State and local laws and regulations and other information to help Human Resource Managers, Managers, CEO's, owners, etc to oversee successful businesses.
We partner with the EDD to increase cooperation and communication between the EDD and the private sector, and strive to continually communicate the many services available to employers by the EDD.

How We Do This
Present speakers at our monthly Luncheons and Half-Day Seminars that provide employers with up to date knowledge of ever changing employment laws, policies and Human Resources materials and data.Promote EDD activities for employers.Provide networking opportunities for employers to share ideas and solutions to concerns and problems facing California employers.

Meet The Board


Jodi Davis - Chairperson

Crossroads Staffing, President & CEO

Jodi has been in the staffing industry since 1998 and has been serving on the Board of Directors of the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council since 2006.

Ed Eybsen - Programs Committee Chair

Colonial Western Insurance Agency - Employee Benefit Consultant

Ed has been a Consultant for over 30 years. He was previously a Senior Vice President with Bolton & Company before joining Collaborative Insurance Solution in 2008. Ed has been serving on the Board of Directors of the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council for seven years.

Kay Miller - Treasurer and Hospitality Co-Chair

Technology Development Center, Ventura - Placement Director

Kay Miller is the Placement Director of Ventura Adult and Continuing Education's Career Technical Education program since 2002. She joined the EAC Board in 2007, serving as the Hospitality Co-Chair since then. In addition, she assumed the duties of Treasurer in 2015.

Florence LaManno - Scholarship Chair

Florence LaManno Insurance Services - President

She holds an L & D Insurance License for the State of CA; Her position with Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council is Hospitality & Scholarship and has been a board member of EAC for over 10 years.

Talia Barrera - Hospitality Co-Chair

Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Ventura County - Administration Manager

Talia has been employed with the County of Ventura since 2009. She has served on Board of Directors of Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council from 2009 to present.

Ryan Haws - Board Member

LightGabler LLP - Partner

Ryan received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in 2009.  He is a partner at LightGabler LLP where he focuses exclusively on employment law matters including, day-to-day advice and counsel (keeping EMPLOYERS from getting sued).
Ryan has served as a Board Member of the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council since 2012.

Martha Martins - Board Member

Raypak, Inc. - Employee Relations Coordinator

Martha has been employed in the Human Resources Department at Raypak since 1999 and has served on the Employer Advisory Council Board of Western Ventura County since 2012.

Aaron Mercer- Publicity Chair

Express Employment Professionals - Senior Business Development Manager

Aaron has been in the staffing industry since 2013 and joined the board of the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council in 2015.

Mike McBain - Board Member

Central Courier, Inc. - Owner and CEO

Mike is founder of Central Courier Inc. Mike has been a Board member of the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council for two years.   

Peter Rosales - Employment Program Representative

Employment Development Department – West EAC Coordinator

Peter is the EDD Coordinator for the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council. Some of his other assignments with EDD include Experience Unlimited, Agricultural Recalls, and Targeted Recruitments.

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Calendar 2016

Month     Subject Speaker  Time
   JANUARY 13      2016 Employment Law Update Jonathan Fraser Light, LightGabler LLP 7:30 AM to 12 Noon
   FEBRUARY 10      Managing the Millennials in 2016 Beth A. Schroeder, Esq.   Lathrop & Gage LLP

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

   MARCH 9 Managing an Aging Workforce Jim McDermott,Esq.Ferguson, Case, Orr, Paterson, LLP 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
   APRIL 13 The 11 Step Hiring Template                            Heather Peck, Shareholder, Littler Employment and Labor Law Solutions WorldWide 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
   MAY 11 Workplace Investigations, Conflict Resolution, and Terminations    Andrew J.Hoag Attorney at Fisher & Phillips LLP 7:30AM to 12 Noon
   JUNE 8     11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
   JULY 13


  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
   AUGUST 10    

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

   SEPTEMBER 14     11:30 am to 2:00 pm
   OCTOBER 12     7:30 am to 12:00 noon
   NOVEMBER 9     11:30 am to 1:30 pm
   DECEMBER 9 Dark