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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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Seminar Breakfast Series

Schedule of Events and Speaker Information

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Upcoming events

    • 25 Aug 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Have you ever been surprised by the results of your workers’ compensation audit or received an unexpected change to your policy or premium bill?  Many times, an employer doesn't dive deeper into their workers' comp policy until they receive a bump up in their premium bill.  By that time, it's too late to ask the questions or make the corrections necessary to decrease that premium.

    This webinar will help you understand the Essential Things Employers Should Know About Workers’ Compensation. Robin McGuire, Policy Ombudsman of the Workers Compensation Insurance Relations Board of California, will present information on the many questions she receives from employers.

    Attendees will learn about factors that impact premium:

    • The standard classification assigned to your business: why it’s important to get it right
    • Standard Exception Classifications: Clerical Office Employees, Clerical Telecommuter Employees, and Outside Salespersons
    • Timecard/Recordkeeping Requirements for the Division of Payroll and Dual Wage Construction Classifications
    • Experience Modifications: what are they and how are they determined?
    • How do changes in ownership (buying or selling a business) impact experience rating
    • When is the payroll and loss history for separate businesses combinable for experience rating purposes?
    • Status: Employee or Independent Contractor?
    • When can business owners be excluded from workers’ compensation coverage?

    Robin will also discuss the Dispute Process and how her office can provide free resources that help you obtain assistance with your workers’ compensation questions.

    Robin McGuire is the Policyholder Ombudsman at the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. She has been with the WCIRB since 1998. Robin works directly with employers to help them understand California insurance regulations applicable to their workers’ compensation policies and resolve workers’ compensation insurance related issues.

    • 22 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • The Greenery @ Diablo Hills Golf Course, Walnut Creek

    Join us in-person for our breakfast seminar to learns tools on preventing harassment in the workplace, and to satisfy CA’s sexual harassment prevention training requirements for supervisors.

    California law requires all employers of 5 or more employees to provide training to its supervisory and nonsupervisory employees on sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention. Every two years, supervisory employees must receive at least two hours of training. 

    Andrew Shalauta, Partner and Chair of the employment practice at Donahue Fitzgerald, will provide an interactive and practical training, teaching supervisors essential management skills while discussing the legally required harassment related topics. The seminar will cover topics from protected categories, types of harassmentbullying, the responsibility and liability of supervisors, coworkers, and companies when addressing harassment, and best employment practices. Managers, Supervisors, and Business Owners are encouraged to attend.

    About Our Speaker:

    Andrew Shalauta

    Andrew Shalauta is a partner with over 15 years of experience in practicing employment law and specializes in labor and employment litigation, and advice and counsel, for private employers, public entities, and educational institutions. Andrew focuses his practice on providing legal counsel relating to compliance with state and federal laws concerning employment, advising on company policies to reduce the risk of litigation, providing solutions for best employment practices in the workplace, and representing employers in all aspects of employment litigation.

    Andrew defends employers against individual lawsuits, multi-party and collective actions, as well as numerous class actions involving complex employment law claims. In addition to his litigation practice, Andrew provides day-to-day legal advice and counsel to all levels of company management, boards of directors, and training for supervisors on applicable state and federal laws. To ensure compliance with state and federal employment laws, Andrew manages matters pertaining to:

    • Wage and hour compliance and audits
    • Hiring, discipline, and termination matters
    • Disability, accommodation, interactive process, and related workers compensation issues
    • Discrimination, retaliation, and harassment matters
    • Trade secrets, confidentiality, data privacy, non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and independent contractor agreements
    • Drafting and updating employment policies and employee handbooks
    • Drafting and administering employment agreements, affirmative action plans, IIPP, commission agreements, and employee compensation plans
    • Conducting workplace investigations and advising on related privacy issues
    • Providing legal strategies for risk management of employment-related claims

    Andrew also regularly speaks and conducts employment-related seminars for all levels of management, human resources professionals, and clients and presents at numerous organizations and conferences.

    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Communication is key. But what happens when the people communicating are speaking different languages? Learn what type of communicator you are and how to reach across that divide to influence others who communicate in a different way. A combination of communication skills, NLP (neuro linguistic programming), improvisation and psychology will imbue the audience with new skills and understanding to make sure their message is heard, effectively and productively. Whether between coworkers, team members, bosses or in front of an audience, this workshop will up your game and allow you to accomplish more with less misunderstanding and confusion.

    This program is for anyone who wants to learn more about communication style, conscious communication, thinking on their feet, direct and inferred communication and how to get what you want from different personality types.

    Participants will learn:

    • The different types and styles of communication
    • How to approach people using their language to get their message heard and their objectives met
    • Quick ways to think on their feet
    • How to bring out the inner extrovert or tone down energy to not frighten introverts away
    • NLP (neuro linguistic programming) skills for communication

    About Our Speaker:

    Kathy Gruver, PhD has graced stages on four continents (including 2 TEDx), three cruise ships and a handful of islands. Her combination of humor, performance background, real life experience and formal education makes her a well-rounded, in-demand speaker. She hosted the TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet and has earned her PhD in Natural Health. Dr. Gruver is the twelve-time award-winning author of seven books including, Conquer Your Stress, Workplace Wellness, Conquer your Stress at Work, and Journey of Healing. She has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard, and has been featured as an expert in numerous publications including Forbes, Glamour, Fitness, Time, WebMD, Prevention, Huffington Post and Dr. Oz’s The Good Life, and has appeared on over 250 radio & TV shows including Lifetime, NPR, CBS Radio and SkyNews London. In 2015 she had the privilege of creating a stress reduction program for the US Military and has been studying psychology and human behavior her entire life. Gruver is a coach, hypnotherapist and massage therapist and is also the co-host of the new Fire and Earth Podcast. For fun and stress relief Gruver does flying trapeze and plays Dungeons and Dragons.

Past events

28 Jul 2022 Agile Change for HR Leaders
30 Jun 2022 Employers' Essential Toolkit LIVE: Mid-year Legislative Update, Networking, and State Resources
26 May 2022 Keep Knowledge from Walking Out the Door: Managing a Remote Workforce
28 Apr 2022 Avoiding the Legal Traps of Managing a Remote Workforce
24 Mar 2022 Navigating the Newest COVID Safety Requirements - An Advisory Panel
24 Feb 2022 Essentials on Data Protection: Your Ultimate Business Guide on Handling Cyber Security
27 Jan 2022 Workplace Conflicts: Tools for Transformative Conversations
9 Dec 2021 2022 Legislative Update
9 Nov 2021 Giving Thanks to the HR Stories That Make Us Laugh (...Now...)
28 Oct 2021 CYA: Remaining Compliant in Employment Law from an Employee-Plaintiff's Attorney's Perspective
23 Sep 2021 Employer Roundtable: Navigating the Post(ish)-COVID Era
22 Jul 2021 Cultivating Emotional Intelligence to Lead Change
27 May 2021 The Cost of Doing Business Without Inclusive Leaders
22 Apr 2021 Digital Balance in an Age of Digital Addiction
25 Mar 2021 Conquer your Stress: Go from Worrier to Warrior
25 Feb 2021 Making Sense of Your People
28 Jan 2021 Spark: Cultivating An Agile Workforce in a Time of Disruption
10 Dec 2020 The Power of Resilience in Cultivating Healthy Leaders and A Healthy Team
8 Dec 2020 2021 Employment Law Update
3 Dec 2020 2021 Employment Law Update
12 Nov 2020 Use Coaching Strategies to Develop a High-Performing Team
22 Oct 2020 "Scary" Stories from the HR Department
24 Sep 2020 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion, and Discrimination/Harassment Prevention
27 Aug 2020 Beyond Physical Exposure: How COVID-19 and Recent Events Impact EEO/ADA Issues
23 Jul 2020 COVID-19 & Safety in the Workplace
25 Jun 2020 EDD and Workforce Development Board -- Part 2!
28 May 2020 Employment Law & Legislative Update
23 Apr 2020 Can You See Me Now? With Added Speaker
26 Mar 2020 2020 Legislative Update
27 Feb 2020 How to Maximize EDD Employer Resources
23 Jan 2020 Rethinking Performance Reviews


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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