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Preparing an Everlasting Handbook in an Ever-Changing Legal Environment



March 14, 2018




 FEBRUARY 8, 2017

From Paystubs to I-9', the perils and benefits of record keeping are numeros and important









This presentation will discuss the following:

  • Analysis of how recent changes to background check and fair pay laws affect handbooks
  • Review of paid sick leave and vacation policies that best fit your company.
  • Identifying specifically what needs to be in meal and rest, vacation, paid sick leave and personal time off policies.
  • Discussion on stand-alone policies such as confidentiality, drug testing, and social media.
  • Identification of what needs to be in your new hire packet.
  • Considerations associated with the implementation of a pre-dispute arbitration agreement.

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.This activity has been approved for 1.5 California recertification credit hours toward a PHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).



California Employers Advisory Council (EAC) is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.*This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


Lonnie Giamela, Partner of Fisher and Phillips LLP

Lonnie Giamela is a partner in both the Los Angeles and Irvine offices of Fisher & Phillips LLP. Utilizing experiences from his family's restaurants in the San Fernando Valley, Lonnie’s practice is focused on being a “one-stop shop” for businesses of all sizes to address their labor and employment law needs.


Lonnie’s clients range from small businesses to national companies in all sectors of manufacturing, retail, wholesale distribution, hospitality, education and the automotive industries. He has assisted in the preparation of more than 500 handbooks for clients and has developed policies and procedures manuals for both small businesses and national companies with multi-state operations. Lonnie has presented more than 250 seminars to management, executives, human resources professionals and employer groups on a variety of topics.


Lonnie has an "AV" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is their highest peer review survey rating for legal abilities and ethical standards. He has been selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars since 2013. He was also been named each year since 2015 as one of the Top 100 Up and Coming lawyers in Southern California. He was also selected by BTI Consulting Group as a Client Service All-Star for 2016, an elite group of attorneys across the country nominated by in-house counsel for their outstanding client service.

Location And Agenda

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

March 14, 2018

Lunch Seminar


  11:30 am Networking
  12:00 pm Lunch/ Program
  1:30 pm Adjourn

Register Here


Mail your check and reservation form by March 9, 2018 to:
Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council
P.O. Box 52012
Oxnard CA 93031


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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, March 9, 2018; no refunds after this date.

We welcome walk-ins as space permits, on a first-come-first-serve basis ($37.00 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 805 288-3757 (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

Collaborative Insurance Solutions - CEO


Ed has been a Consultant for over 30 years. He was previously a Senior Vice President with Bolton & Company before joining Colonial Western Insurance and opening his own Agency,Collaborative Insurance Solution in 2008. Ed has been serving on the Board of Directors of the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council since 2007.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jacqueline Sandoval - Employment Program Representative

Employment Development Department - West EAC Business Unit

Jacqueline works with employers to provide assistance in job postings, recruitment services and labor market information. She also assists in specific EDD projects and programs like, Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP), Agricultural Recalls and Rapid Response.

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P.O. BOX 52012 OXNARD, CA 93031 805 288-3757

Calendar 2018


Month     Subject Speaker  Time
   JANUARY 10      2018 Employment Law Update Jonathan Fraser Light, LightGabler 7:30 AM to 12 Noon
   FEBRUARY 14      Marijuana in the Workplace

David DeCastro

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

   DECEMBER 9 Dark