The Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council presents its Half Day Seminar

Save the Day - May 14, 2014

"Workers' Compensation: Controlling Escalating Costs"


  • Current WC insurance marketplace conditions
  • Mitigating premium increases
  • Managing increasing claims costs
  • Effective use of Risk Management/Loss Control
  • Hiring and its impact on WC
  • Current legal atmosphere in WC
  • What triggers a Cal/OSHA Inspection?
  • Citations and penalties
  • Free consultation services
  • Know what inspectors look for
  • Where should you send an injured worker?
  • What is a First Aid claim?
  • Can an employee pick their W/C treating Physician?
  • What are my reporting responsibilities?

About the Speakers

MICHAEL BYER, M.D. Dr. Byer has more than 15 years experience in occupational medicine. Since 2005, he has been the medical director at Coastal Occupational Medical Group, and spent eight years as a primary medical doctor. He has experience as a workplace safety consultant, pre-placement examination evaluator and a medical review officer. Dr. Byer completed his residency at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Memorial Hospital in Long Beach. He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, and a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Northridge.


LAURA F. CHAMBERS, CIC, ARM - Executive Vice President, Colonial Western Insurance Agency
Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University at Northridge. She also holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, as well as her Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation.

Laura has over 27 years of experience in the insurance industry. She started her career working for various insurance carriers in Underwriting, Marketing and Management positions. She then moved into Direct Sales and Account Management of medium to large commercial businesses. She has been providing Professional Risk Management and Insurance services to her clients for the past 20 years.


DAVID J. DePAOLO David is the president and CEO of WorkCompCentral, a workers compensation industry specialty news and education publication he founded in 1999. Mr. DePaolo directs a current staff of 26 in the daily publication of industry news across the country, including politics, legal decisions, medical information, business and other news of a time-sensitive or policy-affective nature. WorkCompCentral Educational Division provides continuing professional education to attorneys, claims examiners, physicians, brokers, agents, and others in the work comp industry that must maintain educational status for professional licensing requirements. Before founding WorkCompCentral, Mr. DePaolo practiced workers compensation law representing insurance carriers, TPAs and self-insured employers in Central and Southern California. Prior to an associate position with Adelson, Testan & Brundo in Calabasas, CA, Mr. DePaolo worked as house counsel for California Casualty, and was also managing partner for Miller & Folse in Thousand Oaks, CA. Mr. DePaolo's worker' s  compensation law practice experience spanned nearly 18 years.  

Mr.DePaolo is admitted to the practice of law in California, and the United States District Court for Central California. He is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law, holds a Masters of Business Administration from Cal Lutheran University, and a Bachelors of Art in English from San Diego State University. He is also an FAA licensed private pilot.


DAN LEINER Dan is currently the Area Manager of the San Fernando Valley Cal/OSHA Consultation Service office in Van Nuys. He has been the Area Manager since 2000. Prior to being the Area Manager, he was an industrial hygiene consultant for six years with Cal/OSHA's Santa Fe Springs' consultation office. Dan is an instructor with the University of California, San Diego's  OSHA"S Institute Education Center.

Dan has over 20 years of experience in the health and safety field as an industrial hygienist working in the aerospace industry, in a Los Angeles County lead-using industry outreach project, and with Cal/OSHA Consultation.

Dan holds Bachelors and Master of Science degrees in Environmental and Occupational Health from California State University, Northridge.

JON LINSDAY Jon is a Regional Executive with Zenith Insurance. Originally from the New England Area, runs the Southern California Region for Zenith Insurance Company. Zenith is a subsidiary of Fairfax and specializes in Workers Compensation Insurance. Jon has over 25 years of experience working on both sides of the isle as an agent/broker and various departments within an insurance company. An avid cyclist, Jon enjoys long rides on the weekends. Jon is married with three daughters and currently resides in Newbury Park.


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

7:30 am Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am Presentation Begins
8:15 am 9:45 W/C Panel Discussion
10:00 to 11:00 OSHA Consultation Area Manager Dan Leiner
11:15 to 12:00 Occupational Medical Group Michael Byer, M.D,
12:00 noon Adjourn

$75.00 for Breakfast/Half Day Seminar 


Mail your check and reservation form by May 9, 2014 to:
Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council
P.O. Box 52012
Oxnard CA 93031

For payment and registration options follow the link below

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

After May 9, 2014 requires $85.00 payment for seminar


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 805-382-8627 (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.




P.O. BOX 52012  OXNARD, CA 93031
TEL (805) 382-8627