NOVEMBER 9, 2016

Most employers would have to agree that bullying is bad for business in numerous respects. Nevertheless, California's imposition of formal training requirements and the increasing push for more laws against bullying in the workplace presents a new and costly frontier for employee lawsuits, with little guidance to business owners, supervisors and human resources professionals on how to avoid potential liability and workplace strife.






  • Workplace training for management and staff on bullying and abusive conduct at work
  • Interplay between harassment and bullying (how to tell the difference)
  • Responding to and investigating employee complaints of bullying
  • Imposing disciplinary action for bullying or abusive conduct
  • Common characteristics of bullies and different types of bullies
  • Legal exposure and cost to the company when bullying occurs
  • Development of anti-bullying policies (what to include, what to avoid!)
  • New abusive conduct rules and the impact upon employers
  • When the underperforming employee blames bullying for a bad review
  • How garden-variety workplace gossip becomes unlawful bullying
  • Cyber-bullying: the employer's obligations and rights on social media


Karen L. Gabler has over 24 years of experience as an employment attorney, developing proactive strategies to enhance workplace productivity and avoid employment disputes.  Karen serves as an employment law expert to more than 600 businesses, providing day-to-day counsel to employers and conducting management and staff training programs.  She audits client's employment practices to ensure strategic compliance with current laws, and guides workplace investigations of employee complaints or misconduct.  When litigation is unavoidable, Karen aggressively defends her clients against employment law claims in state and federal courts as well as administrative hearings, arbitrations, and mediations.

Location And Agenda

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


Noember 9, 2016



11:30 am - 1:30 pm
11:30 am Registration and Networking
12:00 noon Lunch/Program begins
 1:30 pm Adjourn  

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Mail your check and reservation form by November 4, 2016 to:
Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council
P.O. Box 52012
Oxnard CA 93031


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$27.00 for Lunch

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, November 4, 2016; no refunds after this date.

We welcome walk-ins as space permits, on a first-come first-served basis ($37 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

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.

Rosanne Stevenson – Board Member

Golden State Medical Supply, Inc. – Director of Human Resources

Roxanne joined the board of the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council in 2015.  She holds a SPHR certification and has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources field.

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.

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(818) 737-1166

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 Workplace Flexibity - Does it Exist? Michel A. Veltheon, Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
   JULY 13

Leaves of Absence, PTO and Wage Replacement

Jay Sherman, Law Offices of Jay Sherman 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
   AUGUST 10 Marijuana, E-Cigarettes and Other Smoky Stuff Peter C. Flanderka, Law offices of Fisher and Phillips

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

   SEPTEMBER 14 Preventing Sexual Harassment in your Workplace Alex Craigie Attorney at Law 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
   OCTOBER 12 The EmployerWage an Hour Boot Camp Meghan B. Clark, Esq. of Clark*Everson LLP 7:30 am to 12:00 noon
   NOVEMBER 9     11:30 am to 1:30 pm
   DECEMBER 9 Dark