Wine & Vine, HR and Safety Management Conference
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Prepare for 2015 with the latest information and best practices in HR & safety management, labor laws, Cal OSHA requirements, labor shortages & Visa programs, and supervisor development. Packed with a networking reception, regional wines, exhibitors, and sessions in English & Spanish, you won't want to miss this event!

1/8/2015
When: Thursday, January 8, 2015
From 7:30 AM until 6:00 PM
Where: Double Tree Hotel
One Double Tree Drive
Rohnert Park, California  94928
United States
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Conference Details

Qualifies for 5 SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs) & General HRCI Recertification Credits. Also qualifies for 5 California Credits

Agenda:

Thursday January 8, 7:30am-6:00pm - includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Reception

 

Registration: 

   NCHRA Members General
By 12/23 $185 $215
After 12/23 $215 $245
Reception Only $10 $15

 

Summary

Prepare for 2015 with the latest information and best practices in HR & safety management, labor laws, Cal OSHA requirements, labor shortages & Visa programs, and supervisor development. Packed with a networking reception, regional wines, exhibitors, and sessions in English & Spanish, you won't want to miss this event!

 

Who should attend: Vineyard & Winery Managers/Owners, agricultural industry, Human Resource, Safety, and Supervisory Personnel

 

Special Features - 4 tracks: HR Management; Safety Management; General, and Spanish Supervisor Development

 

 

Agenda

 

7:30 – 8:15am: Registration & Continental Breakfast 
8:15 – 9:15am: Welcome & Keynote Address, John Aguirre, President, California Assn. of Winegrape Growers

 

9:15 - 9:35am: Break - Exhibitors

9:35 – 10:50am: Concurrent Session Block

Labor Laws 2015,Challenges and Opportunities

Mark Jacuzzi, Director Attorney, Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi

Are you ready for new laws on mandatory paid sick leave; training on prevention of bullying; discrimination  against immigrant license holders; payment for recovery periods (heat); and court decisions regarding reimbursement of employees for use of their personal cell phones for work purposes? Know the laws, know how to comply!

 

Cal OSHA Compliance for Vineyard & Winery

Bill Krycia, Regional Manager, Cal OSHA

Wineries and vineyards present a range of work hazards and potential for injury or even death. Understanding the regulations in place to prevent such incidents, and practical best practices will keep your employees productive, and you off of Cal OSHA’s radar.

 

Preventing Harassment: Creating Respectful Workplace

Andrew Hoag, Associate Attorney, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

(English) Sexual harassment continues as a source of litigation to employers. New regulations expand supervisory training to include issues of abusive-bullying behaviors. FLCs now have expanded training requirements for supervisors and all employees and ways to lose their license. Learn how to keep harassment out of your workplace.

 

Labor Law and Wage & Hour Updates 

Cosme Sanchez, Owner and Senior Safety & HR Consultant,T.R.A.I.N., LLC

(Spanish) Front line supervisors are responsible for implementing a wide range of laws and regulations. This session will provide information ranging from when to provide rest and lunch breaks; basics of Cal OSHA compliance;

and preparing for the wide range of labor law changes for 2015.

 

10:50 – 11:10am: Break 


11:10 – 12:25pm: Concurrent Session Block

Managing Joint Liability Issues for Vineyard and Winery

C. Bryan Little, Farm Employer Labor Service, California Farm Bureau Federation; Hall Huffsmith, Senior Vice President, Trinchero Family Estates; Peter Nissen, President, Nissen Vineyard Services

AB 1897 makes entities who use a labor provider for workers jointly liable for wage and injury claims. The decision in the Arredondo v. Delano Farms case of 2013 also expanded joint liability for entities who use contractors to provide labor. What does it mean, and how can employers reduce the potential for joint liability? This panel review the issue and provides a range of best practices.

 

Social Media – Bring Your Own Device

Andrew Hoag, Associate Attorney, Fisher & Phillips, LLP:

Smart phones, laptops, Ipads Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. So many ways for employees to stay connected. So much potential for problems. Where do employee rights clash with employer needs to manage a productive work force? Learn the benefits and consequences of staying connected.

 

Help Wanted: Hiring Employees – An Eleven Step Template

Bruce Sarchet, Employment and Labor Attorney, Littler Mendelson

The hiring process can be simple or complex, but a bad decision can really hurt. Learn the steps to take to improve your odds of making the right, and legal, hiring decision.

 

Supervisors’ Roles in Safety Management

Teresa Andrews, Education and Outreach Specialist, Western Center for Ag Health & Safety, UC Davis

(Spanish) Employers and safety managers have certain responsibilities for safety management, but the real action in keeping workers out of harm’s way is determined at the front-line supervisor level. This session clarifies

many of those responsibilities.

 
12:25 - 1:45pm: Lunch & Visit Exhibitors

1:45 – 3:00pm: Concurrent Session Block

Latino Workplace Fatalities: Perspectives and Prevention

Kevin Thompson, Editor, Cal OSHA Reporter; Bill Krycia, Regional Manager, Cal OSHA; Lupe Sandoval, Director, Calif. Farm Labor Contractor Assn

Recent reports indicate Latino workers suffer increasing high fatality rates, accounting for almost half of California’s total workplace deaths. Why are these workers are at greater risk? What can be done to prevent

these tragedies? This panel will explore this problematic issue and provide recommendations to reverse this trend.

 

Understanding and Controlling your Experience Modification Factor

Ciaran Hoban, Vice President Marketing, Zenith Insurance

Workers compensation insurance is a major expense for any employer. The cost is determined by a range of factors, but one which employers should understand and can influence is the experience modification

factor. Bring down your mod factor and your work comp premium!

 

Making Sense of and Managing the Multi— Generational, Multi-Cultural Workforce

Brandon Cherry, Market Leader, Hay Group San Francisco Office; Leah Springer, Associate Consultant, Hay Group

Old school, new school, Boomers, Gen Xers, and the Y generation. What do these very different employees bring to the workplace? What do you need to know to best manage this mix of generations and cultures? Learn the ingredients to help create a harmonic blend.

 

Preventing Harassment: Creating Respectful Workplaces

Lizbeth Ochoa, Associate Attorney, Fisher & Phillips

(Spanish) Sexual harassment continues as a source of litigation to employers. New regulations expand supervisory training to include issues of abusive/bullying behaviors. FLCs now have expanded training requirements for supervisors and all employees. Learn how to keep harassment out of your workplace.

 

3:00 – 3:20pm: Break

3:20 – 4:45pm: Concurrent Session Block

Labor Shortages? Temporary Worker Visa Programs

Susan Gabbard, PH.D., National Agricultural Worker Survey, Project Director, JBS International; Ruben Lugo,  Enforcement Coordinator, US DOL; Dax Deason, Managing Attorney, Deason Law, PC

National surveys and local experience paint a picture of increasing labor shortages. What do these trends mean for vineyard and winery operators? Would an amnesty by executive order help, or worsen the situation? Learn the realities of temporary visa programs such as H2A, H2B, and H1B as potential solutions for the labor needed to harvest grapes and bottle wine.

 

How to Achieve World Class Safety

Dave Moylan, Loss Control Manager, Hardford Insurance

There’s safety, then there’s World-Class Safety! How do you get employees excited about injury prevention? How do you drive that injury rate as close to zero as possible? What are the best practices in safety management? Learn what the leaders in safety do to achieve safety excellence.

 

Wage & Hour Update, Non-Productive Time & Rest Period Compensation

Carl Borden, Associate Counsel, California Farm Bureau Federation:

Many types of employment entail work that is paid on a piece-rate, or commission basis. Recent legal decisions and interpretations by the regulatory agencies have changed traditional systems for payment of non-productive time, and rest periods under these pay systems. Learn how to avoid the class-action lawsuits resulting from improper compensation.

 

Conducting Effective Tailgate Safety Training Programs

Hector Corona, Safety Consultant, Zenith Insurance

(Spanish) Cal OSHA regulations, and effective safety management require employees to be informed on a range of workplace hazards and safety procedures. Supervisory staff are expected to educate workers on job tasks. Job safety is yet another area that supervisors should be prepared to assist. But first, they need to know how!

4:45 – 6:00pm: Networking Reception, Wine, & Appetizers

   

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About the Presenters

Teresa Andrews, Education and Outreach Specialist, Western Center for Ag Health & Safety, UC Davis
Teresa has extensive experience working with diverse cultural minorities
and has forged collaborative links with farm worker groups, employers,
insurance personnel, community and state agencies.

 

Carl Borden, Associate Counsel, California Farm Bureau Federation
Since 1977, Carl has specialized in agricultural-employment law. He
provides wide-ranging support to agricultural employers on compliance
with Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the U.S. Department
of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, and the California Division of
Occupational Safety and Health.

Brandon Cherry, Market Leader, Hay Group San Francisco Office
Brandon is responsible for developing Hay Group’s service to a broad
array of Western-based clients across the West market, with specific focus
on public and pre-IPO technology, consumer goods and biotech. He
will take on people management accountabilities for all San Francisco
consulting resources.

Hector Corona, Safety Consultant, Zenith Insurance
Hector has managed and consulted on workplace safety issues for over
10 years. His career includes working for a large farming business where
he was responsible for employee relations and safety coordination, as
well as employee training, labor law compliance, record keeping and
documentation.

Dax Deason, Managing Attorney, Deason Law, PC
He frequently provides counseling to employers across the U.S. in the
areas of immigration and employment compliance, and also spends a
considerable amount of time helping companies to develop labor and
visa programs for the employment of high-level and skilled foreign
nationals.

Susan Gabbard, Vice President, JBS International
Susan is project director for the National Agricultural Worker Survey
(NAWS) and often presents study findings to a range of audiences. She
earned her Ph.D in agricultural economics from UC Berkeley.

Andrew Hoag, Associate Attorney, Fisher & Phillips, LLP
Andrew's practice includes representing employers in various aspects of labor
and employment law, including defense of class actions.

Ciaran Hoban, Vice President Marketing, Zenith Insurance

Ciaren began his insurance career with the WCIRB, working in policy
exam, inspection and test audit, and customer service departments.
Since joining Zenith Insurance in 2000, he has held positions including
Premium Audit Manager, Senior Underwriter, and Marketing Manager.

Hal Huffsmith, Sr. Vice President, Trinchero Family Estates
Mr. Huffsmith manages all aspects of farming and vineyard development
for the Trinchero properties including Main Street, Chicken Ranch, Mary’s
Vineyard and Vista Montone. Working closely with the winemaking team,
Mr. Huffsmith is constantly fine-tuning each vineyard to grow fruit that is
intensely flavored and expressive of variety and site.

 

Mark Jacuzzi, Director Attorney, Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi
Mr. Jacuzzi’s practice involves employment law counseling. He regularly
advises clients regarding all aspects of the employer/employee
relationship.

 

Bill Krycia, Regional Manager, Cal OSHA
In addition to his regional manager duties, Bill is involved with special
projects within Cal OSHA on heat related illness, night work, blood borne
pathogens, tuberculosis, hantavirus, SARS, occupationally-acquired
methicillin resistant staphyloccus aureus, and indoor air quality.

C. Bryan Little, Farm Employer Labor Service, California Farm Bureau Federation
Bryan is a labor-affairs specialist and is the Chief Operating Officer of
Farm Employers Labor Service. Bryan also serves as director of labor
affairs for California Farm Bureau Federation, representing members on
legislative, congressional and regulatory issues involving immigration
and labor policy.

Ruben Lugo, U.S. Dept. of Labor
Ruben is the Ag Enforcement Coordinator for the Western Region. He
oversees enforcement of H2A Visa programs, and Migrant and Seasonal
Agricultural Workers Protection Act (MSPA).

Dave Moylan, Hartford Insurance
Dave is currently regional loss control manager for Hartford, and
previous held a similar position with Zenith Insurance. He has extensive
experience in safety management related to vineyard and winery
operations. He holds a Masters degree in Organizational Development,
Psychology.

Peter Nissen, President, Nissen Vineyard Management, Inc.
Besides operating his vineyard management company in three counties,
Peter has also served as president of the Napa County Farm Bureau. He
is a board member of the Calif. Farm Labor Contractor Assn., and also on
the board of the Vine Trail Association.

Lizbeth Ochoa, Associate Attorney, Fisher & Phillips
Liz represents and counsels employers on various employment related
matters, including discrimination, unlawful harassment, wrongful
termination, unfair business practices, and wage and hour issues.

Cosme Sanchez, Senior Safety & HR Consultant, T.R.A.I.N., LLC

Cosme brings years of experience in agricultural aafety and human
resource management. With a background in agriculture, insurance and
Workers Compensation, he has combined his years of experience to give
his clients a positive return on investment.

Guadalupe Sandoval, Calif. Farm Labor Contractor Assn.
Lupe is the founder and director of the California FLC Association. He
also runs Sandoval Bilingual Safety Solutions, a training and consulting
firm. A former farmworker, alongside his immigrant parents, he works
with employers committed to providing safe, respectful, and compliant
places of work.

 

Bruce Sarchet, Employment and Labor Attorney, Littler Mendelson
Bruce’s entire legal career has focused on the representation of
management in labor and employment law matters. His clients include
public agencies, school districts, health care employers and small
businesses.

Leah Springer, Associate Consultant, Hay Group
Leah’s work with clients, including several winerys, includes job
evaluation and market pricing, compensation analysis, job modeling and
and job family structuring. Leah helps clients optimize compensation
practices so that resources are in place to meet critical business needs.

 

Kevin Thompson, Editor, Cal OSHA Reporter
For 15 years, Kevin has edited the Cal OSHA Reporter. He is a 28 year
veteran of business writing, formerly as associate editor of California
Farmer magazine and managing editor of Meat&Poultry magazine.
Thompson was awarded Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta
Chi awards in 2010 and 2011 for his coverage of Cal/OSHA issues.

 

 


 



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