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The Contra Costa County Employer Advisory Council

in partnership with the Employment Development Department presents

Seminar Breakfast Series 2020/2021

Join us for our monthly Seminar Breakfast Series. Experts from our Contra Costa Business community offer valuable insights and information about the challenges facing employers in our state. 

Event Schedule 2020/2021

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(Usually) 3rd Thursday each month 8:00 am to 10:30 am

In-person Seminars:     Members: $45*   Guests: $75

Online Webinars:       Members: $0*   Guests: $25

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Special Member Pricing*

Just one of the many perks of being a CCCEAC member is the discount pricing for our Seminar Breakfast Series, including complimentary tickets to the end of the year Member Appreciation Breakfast. That's a 40% savings!

Webinars are currently free to all members as well!*

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Schedule of Events and Speaker Information

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Upcoming events

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom Meeting

    When an employee (or ex-employee) shows up at an attorney's office, it's because they feel like they've been wronged somehow, someway by their employer.  But they don't always know exactly how they've been wronged.

    Enter the Employee-Plaintiff's attorney.  

    This is someone who knows all the right questions to ask, across all facets of the employment relationship.  They help the employee identify multiple issues -- even some of which the employee may have seemingly consented to (unofficially) during employment.  The headache of lawsuits, mediation, trial ensue, and more work piles on the desks of HR managers.

    These headaches can be avoided, but knowledge is key.

    Join us for an inside look of what issues the Employee-Plaintiff's attorney hunts for when evaluating whether to support a client in a case against the employer.  This seminar will aid HR managers to review their business' policies and practices so that they can make any necessary changes to remain compliant in employment law.

    Topics will range from wage and hour issues, discrimination, harassment, negotiating severances, engaging in the interactive process, reasonable accommodations, and COVID-19 related issues.

    Meet Our Speaker:


    Glicel Sumagaysay

    As the owner of Law Office of Glicel Sumagaysay, an Employment Law Firm, Glicel Sumagaysay represents private, public and federal workers in pre-litigation and litigation claims for wrongful termination; retaliation for reporting company illegal activity; disability, race, age and other discrimination; harassment; wage theft; and other wage claims. 

    Glicel helps small businesses prevent employment law violations by advising them regarding all stages of a worker engagement, including hiring, managing leave and other requests, employee disputes, performance, and separation, as well as policy creation and employment law updates. 

    Glicel is a longtime member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, and is a recent member of its committees for Elimination of Bias in the Judiciary and Worker Outreach; the Alameda County Bar Association and its Labor and Employment Section’s Executive Committee of which she has served as the Vice Chair and Chair; the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California; the National Filipino American Lawyers Association; and the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance.

    • 9 Nov 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom Meeting

    It's that time again!

    Join us for our annual HR panel where the panelists share the good, the bad, the funny, and the ugly!  But this year, we also want to hear YOUR stories!  What challenge(s) have you encountered and you are grateful that it's over?  What stories do you have?  

    Please submit to us at  Remember to leave out any confidential details.  All stories will be anonymous (unless otherwise requested).

    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom Meeting/possibly live

    Conflicts are a normal occurrence in every workplace.  Some of these conflicts are easily resolved, while other conflicts quickly escalate in intensity, damaging relationships and making it tough for colleagues to work effectively together.  Still other conflicts slowly simmer under the surface in a way that makes work difficult, awkward, or frustrating. 

    What if there was a way to steer conflicts away from hostility and dysfunction?

    Join us for an interactive workshop in which we provide practical tools that employers and HR managers can immediately use to manage conflict.  This seminar will help employers and HR managers have more meaningful conversations with employees and transform conflict into collaborative and creative problem-solving.  

    About Our Speaker:

    Helen Chen

    Helen Chen is a mediator specializing in workplace conflicts and has over twenty years of experience promoting healthy and just workplaces.  As a former employment lawyer, policy advocate, facilitator, and educator, Helen quickly navigates complex workplace dynamics and understands the role that workplace structures and systems can play in either exacerbating conflict or transforming conflict into an opportunity for growth.  As a mediator, Helen assists parties in addressing workplace conflict, improving communications, and jointly resolving disputes.

    Prior to opening her own mediation practice, Helen worked at the University of California at Berkeley where she trained and provided guidance to both employees and employers in a wide range of industries on topics including workplace health and safety, mis/classification of workers, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and other employment issues. 

    Helen received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, and B.S. from Stanford University.  She is a member of The State Bar of California and The Center for Understanding in Conflict.  She serves on the steering committee of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative.    


The CCCEAC is your connection to information about employment and workforce development. The CCCEAC has been in partnership with the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) since 1980. 

501c6 non-profit organization 

  • Provides to all employers, low-cost, timely seminars on topics such as employment law, workforce development, human resource practices, and professional development. 
  • Works with the EDD to promote regulations, policies, and procedures that are business friendly. 
  • Provides connections between employers, other EACs, and the EDD at the local and state level. 
  • Partners with the Workforce Development Board on hiring talent, and leveraging resources. 
  • Notifies employers about pending legislation that may impact them. 
  • Provides employer representation on state-level panels, boards, and advisory groups. 

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